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Project MEDSAT: The design of a remote sensing platform for malaria research and controlProject MEDSAT was proposed with the specific goal of designing a satellite to remotely sense pertinent information useful in establishing strategies to control malaria. The 340 kg MEDSAT satellite is to be inserted into circular earth orbit aboard the Pegasus Air-Launched Space Booster at an inclination of 21 degrees and an altitude of 473 km. It is equipped with a synthetic aperture radar and a visible thermal/infrared sensor to remotely sense conditions at the target area of Chiapas, Mexico. The orbit is designed so that MEDSAT will pass over the target site twice each day. The data from each scan will be downlinked to Hawaii for processing, resulting in maps indicating areas of high malaria risk. These will be distributed to health officials at the target site. A relatively inexpensive launch by Pegasus and a design using mainly proven, off-the-shelf technology permit a low mission cost, while innovations in the satellite controls and the scientific instruments allow a fairly complex mission.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1991
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:190008
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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