Sparkie (satellite)


3CS satellites at testing facility.jpg
Mission typeTechnology
Mission durationFailed to orbit
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass16 kilograms (35 lb)
Dimensions46 x 30cm (six-sided)[1]
Start of mission
Launch dateDecember 21, 2004 (2004-12-21)
RocketDelta IV Heavy
Launch siteCape Canaveral SLC-37B
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth

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

Sparky was 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 launch of the Delta IV Heavy rocket configuration, along with the Ralphie satellite, but both satellites failed to achieve orbit due to a problem with the rocket during launch.[4]

See also


  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.

External links

  • ASU satellite prepares for tests, launch