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SWAS - Satellite Information

Spacetrack catalog number 25560
COSPAR ID 1998-071-A
Name in Spacetrack catalog SWAS

Satellite Details

Orbit 559 x 572 km, 69.9°
Category unknown
Country/organisation of origin United States
Intrinsic brightness (Magnitude) 5.7 (at 1000km distance, 50% illuminated)
Maximum brightness (Magnitude)3.2 (at perigee, 100% illuminated)


Date (UTC) 06 December 1998 00:57
Launch siteVandenberg Space Force Base,
United States
Launch vehicle Pegasus XL


SWAS will be used to study the cooling of molecular cloud cores, the sites of star formation in our galaxy, by measuring lines from molecular oxygen and water.
View from orbit pole