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Template:Infobox spaceflight USA-85, also known as GPS IIA-7, GPS II-16 and GPS SVN-32, was an American navigation satellite which formed part of the Global Positioning System. It was the seventh of nineteen Block IIA GPS satellites to be launched.

USA-85 was launched at 23:54:00 UTC on 22 November 1992, atop a Delta II carrier rocket, flight number D216, flying in the 7925-9.5 configuration.[1] The launch took place from Launch Complex 17A at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,[2] and placed USA-85 into a transfer orbit. The satellite raised itself into medium Earth orbit using a Star-37XFP apogee motor.[3]

On 23 December 1992, USA-85 was in an orbit with a perigee of 20,074 kilometres (Template:Convert/round mi), an apogee of 20,290 kilometres (Template:Convert/round mi), a period of 717.96 minutes, and 54.8 degrees of inclination to the equator.[4] It was intended to broadcast signal PRN 32, but this was changed to PRN 01 on 28 January 1993 after it was discovered that receivers could not track the PRN 32 signal. The spacecraft was operated in slot 4 of plane F of the GPS constellation,[5] and had a mass of 1,816 kilograms (Template:Convert/round lb). It had a design life of 7.5 years,[3] and was retired from service on 17 March 2008. It is unclear whether it has been retained as a backup satellite.

ReferencesEdit

  1. McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. http://planet4589.org/space/log/launchlog.txt. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  2. McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch List". Launch Vehicle Database. Jonathan's Space Page. http://planet4589.org/space/lvdb/list2.html. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Krebs, Gunter. "GPS-2A (Navstar-2A)". Gunter's Space Page. http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/navstar-2a.htm. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  4. McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. http://planet4589.org/space/log/satcat.txt. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  5. Wade, Mark. "Navstar". Encyclopedia Astronautica. http://www.astronautix.com/project/navstar.htm. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
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