Vandenberg AFB - Dataset of Satellites From Launch Site
This dataset contains 232 entries.

  Overview

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

Most satellites launched from Vandenberg AFB are intended for government and commercial use (32.8%) and for the purpose of earth observation (38.4%).Majority of these satellites are LEO satellites, with around 227 (97.8%) launched so far.


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Insights from the dataset of satellites launched from Vandenberg AFB

  Which year saw the most satellites launched?

That year is 2018, which saw the launch of 77 satellites launched from Vandenberg AFB.

  Who operates or owns the most satellites launched from Vandenberg AFB?

Iridium Communications, Inc. owns/operates the most number of satellites launched from Vandenberg AFB (75 - 32.3% of the satellites in this dataset).

  Which country operates or owns the most satellites launched from Vandenberg AFB?

USA owns/operates the most number of satellites launched from Vandenberg AFB (193 - 83.2% of the satellites in this dataset).

  Which rocket has delivered the most satellites launched from Vandenberg AFB to space?

The rocket that has delivered the most satellites launched from Vandenberg AFB to space is Falcon 9 which has delivered 129 satellites (55.6%).

  What is the most common type of satellite orbit?

Polar orbit is the most common type of orbit for satellites launched from Vandenberg AFB (99 satellites - 42.7%).

  Apogee, Perigee & Period

The perigees (point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass) of the satellites range from 200km to 2,103km, with the average perigee being 646.1km from the Earth, while the apogees (point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass) of the satellites range from 419km to 38,111km, with the average apogee being 1,381.4km from the Earth. The longest period a satellite takes to orbit around the Earth is 708 minutes.

  Satellite Mass

The launch masses (include fuel) of the satellites range from 1kg to 20,000kg, while the dry masses (excluding fuel) of the satellites range from 22kg to 10,000kg.


Highlights on some of the satellites launched from Vandenberg AFB:

ORBCOMM FM-4.

  Second heaviest satellite launched by ORBCOMM Inc. into space at 45 kg

Designed for communications, ORBCOMM FM-4 is a commercial satellite operated by ORBCOMM Inc. (USA).

Constructed by Orbital Sciences Corp. (USA), it was launched into space on 10 February 1998 using Taurus as the launch vehicle from Vandenberg AFB. ORBCOMM FM-4 orbits around the Earth as a polar LEO satellite.

Designated with COSPAR ID 1998-007C and NORAD ID 25159, ORBCOMM FM-4 is designed to operate in space for a lifetime of 5 years. It has a launch mass of 45 kg and dry mass of 22 kg.

Using its self-produced usable power of 160 watts, ORBCOMM FM-4 orbits at an inclination of 108 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

The satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 768km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 838km. Its orbit has an eccentricity of 4.88E-03 and it takes 101 minutes to orbit the Earth.

 

 Compare ORBCOMM FM-4 with Yunhai-1 2 from China.

 Compare ORBCOMM FM-4 with SpaceBEE-100 from USA.


SMAP.

SMAP Launch and Deployment Sequence

SMAP is a government satellite operated by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (USA) for the purpose of earth observation (Earth Science).

Constructed by Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA) (USA), it was launched into space using Delta 2 as the launch vehicle from Vandenberg AFB on 31 January 2015. SMAP orbits around the Earth as a sun-synchronous LEO satellite.

SMAP is expected to have a operational lifetime of 3 years. It navigates with the COSPAR ID 2015-003A and NORAD ID 40376.

Taking 98 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 660km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 686km. The eccentricity of the orbit is 1.85E-03 and it orbits at an inclination of 98 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare SMAP with Dove 4p-7 from USA.

 Compare SMAP with Starlink-1261 from USA.


RCM-1.

RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM)

  Heaviest satellite launched by Canadian Space Agency into space at 1,430 kg

RCM-1 is a government satellite operated by Canadian Space Agency (Canada) for the purpose of earth observation (Radar Imaging).

Constructed by MDA Corporation (Canada), it was launched into space using Falcon 9 as the launch vehicle from Vandenberg AFB on 12 June 2019. RCM-1 orbits around the Earth as a sun-synchronous LEO satellite.

Designed with an operational lifetime of 7 years, RCM-1 has a launch mass of 1,430 kg and navigates with the COSPAR ID 2019-033A and NORAD ID 44322.

Taking 97 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 584km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 604km. The eccentricity of the orbit is 1.44E-03 and it orbits at an inclination of 98 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare RCM-1 with Iridium Next 167 from USA.

 Compare RCM-1 with SpaceBEE-100 from USA.


IRIS.

NASA | IRIS: The Science of NASA's Newest Solar Explorer

A government satellite, IRIS is operated by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of USA for the purpose of space science.

Delivered via L1011 (launch vehicle) from Vandenberg AFB, it was launched into space on 28 June 2013 and orbits the Earth as a sun-synchronous LEO satellite. IRIS was constructed by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center (ATC) (USA).

Designated with COSPAR ID 2013-033A and NORAD ID 39197, IRIS is designed to operate in space for a lifetime of 2 years. It has a launch mass of 236 kg and dry mass of 678 kg.

With an orbital eccentricity of 3.14E-03, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 620km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 664km. It takes 98 minutes to orbit the Earth.

With generated usable power of 50 watts, IRIS orbits at an inclination of 98 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare IRIS with Globalstar M074 from USA.

 Compare IRIS with Starlink-1528 from USA.


Icesat-2.

ICESat-2 Elevates Our View of Earth

Designed for earth science (Laser Imaging), Icesat-2 is a government satellite operated by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (USA).

Delivered via Delta 2 (launch vehicle) from Vandenberg AFB, it was launched into space on 15 September 2018 and orbits the Earth as a polar LEO satellite. Icesat-2 was constructed by Northrup Grumman Information Systems (USA).

Designed with an operational lifetime of 3 years, Icesat-2 has a launch mass of 1,515 kg and navigates with the COSPAR ID 2018-070A and NORAD ID 43613.

Taking 94 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 455km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 468km. The eccentricity of the orbit is 9.51E-04 and it orbits at an inclination of 93 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare Icesat-2 with Capella-3 from USA.

 Compare Icesat-2 with Starlink-1219 from USA.


ELFIN-A.

UCLA sends student-built satellite into space

ELFIN-A is a commercial and civil satellite operated by University of California (USA) for the purpose of space science.

Constructed by University of California (USA), it was launched into space on 15 September 2018 using Delta 2 as the launch vehicle from Vandenberg AFB. ELFIN-A orbits around the Earth as a polar LEO satellite.

ELFIN-A has a launch mass of 4 kg and orbits around the Earth with the COSPAR ID 2018-070E and NORAD ID 43617.

Taking 94 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 443km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 469km. The eccentricity of the orbit is 1.90E-03 and it orbits at an inclination of 93 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare ELFIN-A with Starlink-1909 from USA.

 Compare ELFIN-A with ExactView 1 from Canada.


USA 314.

The NRO: America's Eyes and Ears in Space

  Second heaviest satellite launched into space at 20,000 kg

USA 314 is a military satellite operated by National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) (USA) for the purpose of earth observation (Optical Imaging).

Delivered via Delta 4 Heavy (launch vehicle) from Vandenberg AFB, it was launched into space on 26 April 2021 and orbits the Earth as a sun-synchronous LEO satellite. USA 314 was constructed by Lockheed Martin (USA).

USA 314 has a launch mass of 20,000 kg and is expected to have a operational lifetime of 5 years. It navigates with the COSPAR ID 2021-032A and NORAD ID 48247.

Taking 98 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 524km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 758km. The eccentricity of the orbit is 1.67E-02 and it orbits at an inclination of 98 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare USA 314 with CanX-4 from Canada.

 Compare USA 314 with Saudisat-5A from Saudi Arabia.


Cassiope.

Observing Space Weather With a Canadian Hybrid Satellite

  Second heaviest elliptical satellite launched into space at 490 kg

Cassiope is a government satellite operated by Canadian Space Agency (Canada) for the purpose of earth science.

Constructed by Canadian Space Agency (Canada), it was launched into space using Falcon 9 as the launch vehicle from Vandenberg AFB on 29 September 2013. Cassiope orbits around the Earth as a elliptical LEO satellite.

Cassiope has a launch mass of 490 kg and is expected to have a operational lifetime of 2 years. It navigates with the COSPAR ID 2013-055A and NORAD ID 39265.

With an orbital eccentricity of 7.98E-02, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 325km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 1,486km. It takes 103 minutes to orbit the Earth.

With generated usable power of 600 watts, Cassiope orbits at an inclination of 81 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.

 

 Compare Cassiope with Jilin 1 Kuanfu 01B from China.

 Compare Cassiope with Starlink-1796 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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