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RAX (USA 218)



RAX (Radio Aurora Explorer), also known as USA 218, was launched from Kodiak at 01:25 UT on 20 November 2010 by a Minotaur 4 rocket. RAX is a three unit CubeSat that will be used to conduct studies of the ionosphere, receiving radar signals from ground stations which can be used to measure activity in the ionosphere. The 28 kg nanosatellite is a joint effort of the University of Michigan and SRI International.

Alternate Names

  • 37223
  • RAX(USA 218)

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2010-11-20
Launch Vehicle: Minotaur 4
Launch Site: Kodiak Launch Complex, United States


  • Space Physics

Additional Information

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

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