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GFZ 1

NSSDCA ID: 1986-017J
COSPAR ID: 1986-017JE

Description

GFZ 1 was a German microsatellite that was transported aboard the Progress-M27 spacecraft to the Russian Mir space station and subsequently released.released. It was designed as a passive satellite, equipped with 60 retro-reflectors to be illuminated from the ground by a global network of satellite laser ranging (SLR) systems for gravitational studies.

During four years and 64 days in space, 5,402 passes of GFZ 1 were observed by 33 stations of the global SLR network.

Alternate Names

  • 23558

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1995-04-19
Launch Vehicle: Proton Booster Plus Upper Stage
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan
Mass: 20.63 kg

Funding Agency

  • GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (German Democratic Republic)

Discipline

  • Earth Science

Additional Information

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