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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: 19,913.5 km
Apogee: 20,463.8 km
Inclination: 55.9 °
Period: 717.9 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)

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   19169.83692656 -.00000074 +00000-0 +00000-0 0  9997
2 34661 055.8529 313.0437 0103595 053.1984 311.2450 02.00571172075036
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC