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Sapphire
Sapphire: The Mission

Sapphire: The Mission


SSTL has supplied an SSTL-150 satellite platform to MacDonald Dettwiler Associates (MDA) for the SAPPHIRE satellite-based Resident Space Object (RSO) observing service that will provide accurate tracking data on deep space orbiting objects. 

SAPPHIRE is a key element of the Canadian Space Surveillance System, and will be a contributing sensor to the US Space Surveillance Network. It is a space-based electro-optical sensor that will provide accurate and timely tracking data to the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) on space objects at orbit altitudes between 6,000km and 40,000km.

MDA is the prime contractor for the SAPPHIRE mission, including launch.

Sapphire was launched on 25th February 2013 on ISRO's PSLV-C20 from Sriharikota, India. 
 

Satellite Data

Name:
Sapphire

Customer:
MacDonald Dettwiler Associates (Prime,supplying to Canadian Department of National Defence)

Mission:
Space situational awareness

Mass:
150kg

Platform:
SSTL-150

Launch Data

Launch Date:
25 February 2013 12.31 UTC

Launch Site:
Sriharikota, India

Launcher:
PSLV-C20

Orbit:
750km sun-synchronous

Press Releases


01/02/2008: Contract award

25/02/2013: Sapphire launched
 
 

In the News


Indian rocket launches Asteroid hunting satellite, tiny space telescopes
Space.com 25 February 2013
 

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