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Arasene was a French amateur radio relay spacecraft launched by an Ariane 4 rocket from the Kourou Space Center in French Guiana. It was built by university students. Some of the systems were to serve as prototypes for future small communications satellites. Unfortunately, the VHF antenna failed immediately after launch, and operations with the vehicle's SHF antenna ultimately led to power supply problems and loss of the 154-kg spacecraft after only three months in orbit.

Alternate Names

  • Arsene
  • 22654
  • Oscar 24

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1993-05-12
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 4
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 154 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (France)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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