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AFOTEC, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center 1 is a 1U-CubeSat built by the US Air Force Academy to provide calibrated radar and optical targets for ground-based space situational awareness sensors.

The satellite is to release two stainless steel ball bearings on command. The mission is to use measurements of the orbit of these objects to determine changes in the background atmospheric density over time. Falcon-ODE is an educational tool for cadets learning about real DoD space missions by working hand-in-hand with their sponsors from the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC).

Alternate Names

  • 44225
  • Falcon-ODE

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2019-05-05
Launch Vehicle: Electron
Launch Site: Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
Mass: 1 kg

Funding Agency

  • United States Air Force Academy (United States)


  • Other

Additional Information

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

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