Most Elliptical satellites are launched for military use (42.1%) and for the purpose of space science (35.1%).
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Apogee, Perigee & Period
Highlights on some of the government satellites:
TESS is a government satellite operated by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (USA) for the purpose of space science.
Constructed by NASA/MIT (USA), it was launched into space on 18 April 2018 using Falcon 9 as the launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral. TESS orbits around the Earth as a Elliptical satellite.
TESS has a launch mass of 362 kg and is expected to have a operational lifetime of 20 years. It navigates with the COSPAR ID 2018-038A and NORAD ID 43435.
Taking 8,758 minutes to orbit the Earth, 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. The eccentricity of the orbit is 9.53E-01 and it orbits at an inclination of 30 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.
Compare TESS with SPIRALE-B from France.
Falconsat-7 is a military and civil satellite operated by US Air Force Academy (USA) for the purpose of technology development.
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 orbits around the Earth 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 USA 184 from USA.
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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