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NAVSTAR 63 (USA 203)

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NAVSTAR 63 (USA 203) is classified as:


NORAD ID: 34661
Int'l Code: 2009-014A
Perigee: 19,969.4 km
Apogee: 20,408.2 km
Inclination: 56.3 °
Period: 718.0 minutes
Semi major axis: 26559 km
RCS: 1.9953 m2 (large)
Launch date: March 24, 2009
Source: United States (US)
Launch site: AIR FORCE EASTERN TEST RANGE (AFETR)
PRN: 4

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.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 34661U 09014A   16121.38981902 -.00000058  00000-0  00000+0 0  9998
2 34661  56.3434 358.2061 0082603  49.2490 165.0550  2.00570009 52089
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC

N2YO: 296