Clémentine (satellite)

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This article is about the French satellite. For the American Lunar probe, see Clementine (spacecraft).
Mission type Military reconnaissance
COSPAR ID 1999-064B
SATCAT no. 25978
Spacecraft properties
Bus SSTL-70
Manufacturer Alcatel Space · Surrey Satellite Technology
Launch mass 50 kg (110 lb)
Dimensions 0.6 × 0.3 × 0.3 m (1.97 × 0.98 × 0.98 ft)
Start of mission
Launch date 3 December 1999, 16:22 (1999-12-03UTC16:22) UTC
Rocket Ariane 4 V-124
Launch site Guiana Space Centre ELA-2
Contractor Arianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Sun-synchronous
Eccentricity 0.0009381
Perigee 573 km (356 mi)
Apogee 586 km (364 mi)
Inclination 98.2500°
Mean motion 14.96 rev/day
Epoch 27 December 2016, 12:25:58 UTC

Clémentine is a small satellite built by Alcatel Space (now Thales) for the French DGA, ostensibly "to study the Earth's radio-electrical environment from space."[1]

It is a successor to the Cerise satellite.[2]


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  2. ^ Recent Launches. Jonathan's Space Report. #413. December 5, 1999.