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ARASENE is classified as:


NORAD ID: 22654
Int'l Code: 1993-031B
Perigee: 17,288.8 km
Apogee: 36,777.8 km
Inclination: 1.8 °
Period: 1,012.7 minutes
Semi major axis: 33404 km
RCS: 0.3221 m2 (medium)
Launch date: May 12, 1993
Source: France (FR)
Launch site: FRENCH GUIANA (FRGUI)
Uplink (MHz):
Downlink (MHz): 145.975
Beacon (MHz): 2446.540
Mode: 1200bps AFSK
Call sign:
Status: Inactive


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.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 22654U 93031B   17083.32131715 -.00000095 +00000-0 +00000-0 0  9992
2 22654 001.7558 273.1712 2917140 338.4504 260.4884 01.42205316119457
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC