Sparkie (satellite)

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3CS satellites at testing facility.jpg
Mission type Technology
Operator ASU
Mission duration Failed to orbit
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass 16 kilograms (35 lb)
Dimensions 46 x 30cm (six-sided)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date December 21, 2004 (2004-12-21)
Rocket Delta IV Heavy
Launch site Cape Canaveral SLC-37B
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Epoch Planned

Sparkie[2] (or 3CS-1) is a satellite, part of the Three Corner Satellite project. It is designed and being built by mostly undergraduate students at the Arizona State University as part of the Air Force Research Laboratory's University Nanosat Program.[3]

Sparky is responsible for structure, power and the attitude system in the 3CS project.

Satellite carries the name of Arizona State University's mascot, Sparky.

Sparky was launched on the first Delta IV Heavy configuration, but failed to achieve orbit due to a problem with the rocket during launch.[4]

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  1. ^ "3CSat". Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Wade, Mark. "Delta IV Heavy". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 20 November 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Boeing (2004-12-01). "The DemoSat payload". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  4. ^ Ray, Justin (2005-03-15). "Delta 4-Heavy investigation identifies rocket's problem". Retrieved 2011-02-18. 

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