PODSAT

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Satellite Details

INTLDES: 2018-023B
NORAD Cat ID: 43229
Object Type: PAYLOAD
Country: US
Launch Date: 2018-03-06
Launch Site: AFETR
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 Full Thrust
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Description

Podsat (Payload Orbital Delivery Satellite), a previously-undisclosed payload funded by a U.S. military research agency rode into orbit with a Spanish communications satellite on SpaceX’s most recent Falcon 9 rocket launch. The small spacecraft was fastened inside the Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite, then ejected soon after the Falcon 9’s primary payload deployed in orbit following liftoff from Cape Canaveral. Officials from Space Systems/Loral and NovaWurks, two companies involved in the project, acknowledged the existence of the secret secondary satellite after publicly-available orbital data published by the U.S. military registered an unexpected object attributed to Tuesday’s launch named PODSat. The companies declined to release details about the secondary satellite’s mission or design.

Orbital Elements

Inclination: 27.08
Period: 384.73
Apogee: 22115
Perigee: 174
Decay: In Orbit (No Decay Date)
Epoch: 2018-06-05 03:19:54
Mean Motion: 3.74292764
Eccentricity: 0.6260863
Mean Anomaly: 18.1784
Bstar: 0.00034713