Freja (satellite)

FREJA was a Swedish satellite developed by the Swedish Space Corporation on behalf of the Swedish National Space Board. It was piggyback launched on a Long March 2C launch vehicle from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China on October 6, 1992. The satellite's total cost was 19 million U.S. dollars, excluding the costs of experiments.

Freja mockup.jpg
Mockup of the Freja satellite, in the entrance hall of the Swedish Space Corporation in Solna, Sweden
Mission typeMagnetospheric research
OperatorSwedish National Space Board
COSPAR ID1992-064A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.22161
WebsiteFreja at SCC
Mission durationPrimary: 2 years, 8 months, 24 days
Total: 4 years
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerSwedish Space Corporation
Dry mass214 kilograms (472 lb)
Payload mass60 kilograms (130 lb)
Power168 watts (nominal)
81 watts (payload)
Start of mission
Launch dateOctober 6, 1992, 06:20:05 (1992-10-06UTC06:20:05Z) UTC
RocketChang Zheng 2C
Launch siteJiuquan LA-2B
End of mission
Last contactOctober 1996 (1996-11)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude601 kilometres (373 mi)
Apogee altitude1,756 kilometres (1,091 mi)
Inclination63 degrees
Period108.90 minutes
Epoch6 October 1992, 23:19:19 UTC[1]

It was funded with Swedish tax money through the Swedish National Space Board, donations from the Wallenberg Foundation and approximately 25% from the German Ministry for Science and Technology.

Experiments (payload)Edit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "NASA - NSSDCA - Spacecraft - Trajectory Details". Retrieved 2018-05-01.

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