A Block IIA GPS satellite
|Operator||US Air Force|
|Mission duration||7.5 years (planned)|
|Spacecraft type||GPS Block IIA|
|Launch mass||1,816 kilograms (4,004 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||30 March 1993, 03:09:00UTC|
|Rocket||Delta II 7925-9.5, D219|
|Launch site||Cape Canaveral LC-17A|
|End of mission|
|Deactivated||24 October 2005|
|Perigee||20,076 kilometres (12,475 mi)|
|Apogee||20,287 kilometres (12,606 mi)|
USA-90, also known as GPS IIA-10, GPS II-19 and GPS SVN-31, was an American navigation satellite which formed part of the Global Positioning System. It was the tenth of nineteen Block IIA GPS satellites to be launched.
USA-90 was launched at 03:09:00 UTC on 30 March 1993, atop a Delta II carrier rocket, flight number D219, flying in the 7925-9.5 configuration. The launch took place from Launch Complex 17A at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and placed USA-90 into a transfer orbit. The satellite raised itself into medium Earth orbit using a Star-37XFP apogee motor.
On 2 May 1993, USA-90 was in an orbit with a perigee of 20,076 kilometres (12,475 mi), an apogee of 20,287 kilometres (12,606 mi), a period of 717.96 minutes, and 54.9 degrees of inclination to the equator. It broadcast PRN 31, and operated in slot 3 of plane C of the GPS constellation. The satellite had a mass of 1,816 kilograms (4,004 lb). It had a design life of 7.5 years, and ceased operations on 24 October 2005.
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