Odin (satellite)

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For the satellite weapon in the novels of Philip Reeve, see Mortal Engines Quartet#ODIN.
Odin
Mission type Aeronomy, Astrophysics
Operator SSC
TEKES (funding), CSA, CNES
COSPAR ID 2001-007A
SATCAT № 26702
Website www.snsb.se/en/Home/Space-Activities-in-Sweden/Satellites/Odin/
Spacecraft properties
Dry mass 250 kilograms (550 lb)
Power 340.0 watts
Start of mission
Launch date 20 February 2001, 08:48:27 (2001-02-20UTC08:48:27Z) UTC
Rocket Start-1
Launch site Svobodny 5
Contractor United Start
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 622 kilometres (386 mi)
Apogee 622 kilometres (386 mi)
Inclination 97.83°
Period 97.60 minutes

Odin is a Swedish satellite working in two disciplines; astrophysics and aeronomy, and it was named after god Odin. Within the field of astrophysics, Odin is used in the study of star formation. When used for aeronomical observations, it is the ozone layer depletion and effects of global warming that are explored. One of the instruments on board is the OSIRIS (Optical Spectrograph and InfraRed Imager System).

Odin was developed by the Space Systems Division of Swedish Space Corporation (now OHB Sweden) as part of an international project involving the space agencies of Finland (funded by TEKES), Canada (CSA) and France (CNES). Odin was launched on a START-1 rocket on February 20, 2001 from Svobodny, Russia.

In April 2007, astronomers announced that Odin had discovered the existence of interstellar clouds of molecular oxygen for the first time.[1] Odin was still operating and returning scientific data as of February 2013.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Molecular Oxygen Detected For The First Time In The Interstellar Medium ScienceDaily, April 17, 2007
  2. ^ SSC - Swedish satellite Odin celebrates 11 years SSC
  3. ^ Satelliten Odin 12 år i bana – längre än en normal solcykel! Swedish National Space Board, 20 February 2013

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