|Mission type||Space surveillance|
|Operator||Department of National Defence|
|Manufacturer||MDA Corporation (prime)
COM DEV (optical payload)
|Launch mass||148 kilograms (326 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||25 February 2013, 12:31UTC|
|Launch site||Satish Dhawan FLP|
|Perigee||778 kilometres (483 mi)|
|Apogee||793 kilometres (493 mi)|
|Epoch||30 October 2013, 14:37:56 UTC|
Sapphire is a Canadian space surveillance satellite which was launched in 2013. Sapphire was constructed by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) based on an SSTL-150 bus produced by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and an optical payload produced by COM DEV Canada.
SAPPHIRE, Canada's first military satellite, is a small spacecraft designed to monitor space debris and satellites within an orbit 3,728 to 24,855 miles (6,000 to 40,000 kilometres) above Earth. The satellite is expected to augment the U.S. Military's existing Space Surveillance System. The satellite has a mass of 148 kilograms (326 lb), and carries a Three Mirror Anastigmat to track artificial objects in medium Earth orbit. ISRO's Ball Lock separation system IBL-298 was used for separating the satellite.
Sapphire was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation, using a PSLV-CA rocket, flight C20. The launch occurred at 12:31 on 25 February 2013, from the First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. Sapphire was a secondary payload on the rocket, the primary payload being the SARAL oceanography satellite. NEOSSat, UniBRITE-1, TUGSAT-1, AAUSAT3 and STRaND-1 were also launched aboard the same rocket.
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