Falcon ODE Satellite

Falcon ODE
Falcon ODE
Satellite Falcon ODE (AFOTEC-1, Falcon Orbital Debris Experiment, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, SFERES, Space Fence Evaluation of Radar EffectivenesS)
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 1U
Status Reentry 2024-03-20. Was operational? (No public news found, but likely operational)
Launched 2019-05-03
NORAD ID 44225
Deployer Maxwell [Rocket Lab]
Launcher Electron
Entity name Air Force Academy
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Country US
Launch brokerer Rocket Lab
Partners U.S. Air Force Operational Testing and Evaluation Center

Evaluate ground-based tracking of space objects and educational mission.


Release two stainless steal ball bearing to help calibrate ground-based radar and optical sensors. Educational mission for cadets learning about real space missions.

Sphere 1 is 4 cm diameter with a mass around 0.3 kg. Sphere 2 is 2 cm diameter with a mass around 0.03 kg. The larger sphere will have an optically-measured iridite coating, and the cubesatellite bus will contain LEDs in frequencies that support testing of selected optical sensors.

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Photo sources [1]
On the same launch

Last modified: 2024-05-29

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