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Falcon Gold

Falcon Gold [GDK]

Falcon Gold was an US Air Force Academy experiment to demonstrate use of GPS navigation in orbits above the GPS constellation.

Cadets participated in all phases of the mission including systems design, fabrication, launch vehicle integration, qualification testing, launch site operations, and mission operations.

Falcon Gold carried a GPS sensor to sample and characterize GPS signals.

The instrument package was bolted to the Centaur-2A stage of an Atlas-2A, which launched the DSCS-3 B13 satellite on 25 October 1997. The Centaur was completely inert during Falcon-Gold operations. All systems operated nominally during the successful mission until primary battery power on the spacecraft was depleted. Data was received fom 3 November to 9 November 1997.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: US Air Force (USAF)
Contractors: US Air Force Academy (payload)
Equipment: GPS Receiver
Configuration: Centaur-2A stage with instrument box
Propulsion: none (after Centaur burn out)
Power: Batteries
Lifetime: 10-15 days
Orbit: 151 km × 34457 km, 26.2
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Falcon Gold 1997-065B 25.10.1997 CC LC-36A Atlas-2A with DSCS-3 B13


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