NAVSTAR 63 (USA 203)

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    NAVSTAR 63 (USA 203) can be found in the following categories:
    GPS Operational

    NORAD ID: 34661
    Int'l Code: 2009-014A
    Perigee: 19,984.7 km
    Apogee: 20,379.9 km
    Inclination: 56.3 °
    Period: 718.0 minutes
    Semi major axis: 26560 km
    Launch date: March 24, 2009
    Source: United States (US)
    Comments: The NAVSTAR 63 (GPS 2R-20) spacecraft will rejuvenate one of the navigation constellation's positions, while also conducting critical tests of a new signal to be fielded by follow-on satellites. The craft will replace the aging GPS 2A-27 satellite launched in September 1996. Now well past its design life, ground controllers plan to move the old satellite into a backup role. The new GPS 2R-20 spacecraft will take over the Plane B, Slot 2 location of the navigation network, considered one of the primary positions in the constellation that is divided into six orbital groupings with multiple satellites flying in each.

    Two Line Element Set (TLE):

    1 34661U 09014A   15104.98005639 -.00000077  00000-0  00000+0 0  9999
    2 34661 056.3142 013.2055 0074383 048.2851 171.0369 02.00562794 44439
    Source: AFSPC

    NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog entry for NAVSTAR 63 (USA 203)

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