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SAPPHIRE [Stanford Univ.]

SAPPHIRE (Stanford Audio Phonic Photographic Infra Red Experiment), a.k.a SQUIRT 1 (Satellite Quick Research Testbed) or NO (Navy-OSCAR) was a student built technology satellite of Stanford's Space Systems Development Laboratory.

Its payloads include new infrared horizon detectors, a digital camera, a voice synthesizer, and a couple of telemetry and autonomy experiments.

The Sapphire project was started in early April of 1994, was flight-readied in July 1998, and flew as part of the Kodiak Star mission in September 2001.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Research
Operator: Stanford University
Contractors: Stanford University
Equipment: experimental infrared horizon sensors, voice synthesizer, digital camera
Configuration: hexagonal prism
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 16 kg
Orbit: 790 km × 800 km × 67
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SAPPHIRE (SQUIRT 1, Navy-OSCAR 45, NO 45) 2001-043D 30.09.2001 Kd LP-1 Athena-1 with Starshine 3, PICOSat, PCSat 1

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