Naval Postgraduate School PANSAT: Lessons Learned
Ens, J. Damerau
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The Petite Amateur Navy Satellite (PANSAT) was launched aboard the STS-95 Discovery Shuttle on 29 October 1998. PANSAT was inserted into a circular, low-Earth orbit at an altitude of 550 km and 28.45° inclination on 30 October 1998. PANSAT continues to operate and support the educational mission at NPS even after reaching its two-year design life. The research aspect also continues with the analysis of the accumulated telemetry data, in terms of how well the spacecraft operated over the mission design life. However, the store-and-forward mission using direct sequence spread spectrum was never realized.
AIAA Space 2001 - Conference and Exposition, Albuquerque, NM, August 28-30, 2001