Mission typeCommunications
COSPAR ID2000-004E
SATCAT no.26065
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass5 kg (11 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date27 January 2000, 03:03 UTC
Launch siteVandenberg CLF
End of mission
Last contact28 January 2000
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Altitude773 kilometres (480 mi)[1]
Period100.4 minutes[1]
Epoch27 January 2000[1]
← OSCAR 36

ASUSat (Arizona State University Satellite, also known as ASU-OSCAR 37) was a U.S. amateur radio satellite that was developed and built for educational purposes by students at Arizona State University. It was equipped with two digital cameras for tracking changes to Earth's coasts and forests.

ASUSat was launched on January 27, 2000 along with JAWSAT with a Minotaur I rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lompoc, California. ASUSat was received 50 minutes after the start in South Africa, later also in New Zealand and the United States. During two overflights over Arizona, Arizona State University students were able to receive and control the satellite remotely. A problem with the power supply was reported on the third pass, 14 hours after take-off. The solar cells did not provide any electrical energy, so the batteries were exhausted shortly afterwards.[2]


See also


  1. ^ a b c d e NASA GSFC. "ASUSat". NSSDCA Master Catalog. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  2. ^ Arizona State University. "ASUSat". Retrieved 13 February 2020.