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SARA was launched from the Kourou Space Center in French Guiana on the same Ariane rocket with UOSAT 5, ORBCOMM-X, and TUBSAT. It carried a radio astronomy experiment designed to survey radioelectric emissions from Jupiter. It was an 0.45-m cube built by the French Club ESIEESPACE. With antennas deployed its height grew to 10 m. During its projected 11-year mission, SARA will supplement information gathered by the Ulysses and Galileo spacecraft.

Alternate Names

  • 21578

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1991-07-17
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 40
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 36 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (France)


  • Planetary Science
  • Astronomy

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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