Dataset of Elliptical Orbit Satellites in Space
This dataset contains 57 entries.

  Overview

This is a dataset of Elliptical satellites, based on UCS Satellite Database compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientist (UCS).

Most Elliptical satellites are launched for military use (42.1%) and for the purpose of space science (35.1%).


  Data Table

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Insights from the Elliptical satellite dataset

  Which year saw the most Elliptical satellites launched?

That year is 2019, which saw 8 Elliptical satellites launched.

  Who operates or owns the most Elliptical satellites?

Military Space Forces (VKS) owns/operates the most number of Elliptical satellites (6 - 10.5% of the satellites in this dataset).

  Which country operates or owns the most Elliptical satellites?

USA owns/operates the most number of Elliptical satellites (27 - 47.4% of the satellites in this dataset).

  Which rocket has delivered the most Elliptical satellites to space?

The rocket that has delivered the most Elliptical satellites to space is Atlas 5 which has delivered 11 satellites (19.3%).

  Which launch site has launched the most Elliptical satellites to space?

The launch site that has delivered the most Elliptical satellites to space is Cape Canaveral which has launched 21 Elliptical satellites (36.8%).

  What is the most common type of satellite orbit?

Molniya orbit is the most common type of orbit (21 satellites - 36.8%).

  Apogee, Perigee & Period

The perigees (point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass) of the satellites range from 216km to 62,200km, with the average perigee being 5,739.8km from the Earth, while the apogees (point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass) of the satellites range from 689km to 330,000km, with the average apogee being 62,684.0km from the Earth. The longest period a satellite takes to orbit around the Earth is 11,520 minutes.

  Satellite Mass

The launch masses (include fuel) of the satellites range from 4kg to 8,000kg, while the dry masses (excluding fuel) of the satellites range from 77kg to 3,414kg.


Highlights on some of the government satellites:

Falconsat-7.

USAFA FalconSat Program

Designed for technology development, Falconsat-7 is a military and civil satellite operated by US Air Force Academy (USA).

Constructed by US Air Force Academy (USA), it was launched into space using Falcon Heavy as the launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral on 25 June 2019. Falconsat-7 orbits around the Earth as a Elliptical satellite.

Falconsat-7 has a launch mass of 5 kg and navigates with the COSPAR ID 2019-036J and NORAD ID 44347.

With an orbital eccentricity of 3.92E-02, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 305km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 850km. It takes 96 minutes to orbit the Earth at an inclination of 29 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare Falconsat-7 with MMS-2 from USA.

 Compare Falconsat-7 with USA 184 from USA.


TESS.

NASA’s New Planet Hunter: TESS

Designed for space science, TESS is a government satellite operated by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (USA).

Constructed by NASA/MIT (USA), it was launched into space using Falcon 9 as the launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral on 18 April 2018. TESS orbits around the Earth as a Elliptical satellite.

Designated with COSPAR ID 2018-038A and NORAD ID 43435, TESS is designed to operate in space for a lifetime of 20 years. It has a launch mass of 362 kg.

With an orbital eccentricity of 9.53E-01, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 258km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 268,488km. It takes 8,758 minutes to orbit the Earth at an inclination of 30 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare TESS with Sirius 2 (SD Radio 2) from USA.

 Compare TESS with TDO from USA.


Get more insights from these satellite datasets

  Full datasets:  All satellites by launch date   |   The Heaviest Satellites That Are Launched to Space

  By Use Type:  Civil-use satellites   |   Commercial satellites   |   Government satellites   |   Military satellites

  By Country:  USA   |   UK   |   France   |   Germany   |   Japan   |   China   |   Russia   |   Australia   |   Canada

  By Orbit Class/Type:  LEO satellites   |   MEO satellites   |   GEO satellites   |   Elliptical orbit   |   Polar orbit   |   Equatorial orbit   |   Non-polar inclined orbit   |   Sun-synchronous orbit   |   Molniya orbit

  By Operators:  SpaceX   |   EUTELSAT   |   SES   |   European Space Agency (ESA)   |   Planet Labs   |   Iridium   |   Spire Global   |   OneWeb   |   Swarm Technologies   |   NASA - Dataset of Satellites Launched (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)   |   Canadian Space Agency (CSA) - Dataset of Satellites Launched

  By Launch Vehicle:  Falcon 9   |   Ariane 5   |   Ariane 5 ECA   |   Delta 2   |   Dnepr   |   Electron   |   Falcon Heavy   |   Long March 2C   |   Long March 2D   |   Long March 3B   |   Pegasus   |   Proton   |   Proton M   |   PSLV   |   Rokot   |   Soyuz   |   Soyuz-2.1b   |   Vega

  By Launch Vehicle:  Cape Canaveral   |   Baikonur Cosmodrome   |   Guiana Space Center   |   International Space Station   |   Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center   |   Plesetsk Cosmodrome   |   Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1   |   Satish Dhawan Space Centre   |   Taiyuan Launch Center   |   Vandenberg AFB   |   Xichang Satellite Launch Center   |   Boeing Satellite Systems   |   Airbus Defense and Space   |   EADS Astrium   |   Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems   |   Space Systems/Loral   |   Surrey Satellite Technology   |   Technical University Berlin   |   Thales Alenia Space


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Chart 1: Major Operators
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Chart 2: Satellites by Purpose
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Chart 3: Satellites by Country
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