The ASCA Spacecraft, Launch and Orbit
The SpacecraftThe ASCA spacecraft was built by NEC under contract to the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS). It was three-axis stabilized, and weighed 420 kg.
The Launch and OrbitASCA was launched on February 20, 1993 from Kagoshima Space Center in Japan on an ISAS M-3S-II solid-fuel rocket. The rocket placed the satellite into an orbit of inclination 31.5 degrees, an altitude ranging between 500 and 600 km, and a period of 95 minutes.
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