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RAX (USA 218)


RAX (USA 218) is classified as:


NORAD ID: 37223
Int'l Code: 2010-062B
Launch date: November 20, 2010
Source: United States (US)
Launch site: Kodiak Island, Alaska (KODAK)
Uplink (MHz):
Downlink (MHz): 437.505
Beacon (MHz): 437.505
Mode: 9600bps GMSK
Call sign: RAX-1
Status: Inactive


The Radio Aurora Explorer, or RAX, is a 6-pound (28-kg) nanosatellite. It's a joint effort of the University of Michigan and SRI International, and it's sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation. RAX's primary mission is to study dense plasma clouds in Earth's upper atmosphere. These clouds can disrupt communication between Earth and orbiting spacecraft, and RAX's operators hope the little satellite's measurements can help minimize communication problems in the future.
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