Petey (satellite)

Petey (or 3CS-3) was a satellite, part of 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 New Mexico State University as part of the Air Force Research Laboratory's University Nanosat Program.[2] It was responsible for communication system in 3CS project.

3CS satellites at testing facility.jpg
A picture of 2 of 3CS satellites
Mission typeTechnology
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass16 kilograms (35 lb)
Dimensions46 x 30cm (six-sided)[1]
Start of mission
Launch dateNot launched
RocketDelta IV Heavy
Launch siteCape Canaveral SLC-37B
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth

Satellite was not completed in time for launch of 3CS on December 21, 2004 and later was donated to the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. The two other 3CS satellites Sparkie and Ralphie were launched 21 December 2004 on the first launch of Delta IV Heavy. The launch was a partial failure, and in particular the two 3CS satellites did not achieve orbit.

Satellite carries name of New Mexico State University's mascot, Pistol Pete.

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  1. ^ "3CSat". Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  2. ^ Boeing (2004-12-01). "The DemoSat payload". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 2011-02-18.

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