Catalog Information

The Catalog data provides general information about the satellite. This information is very useful when finding Keplerian elements for the satellite. The three common ways of identifying a satellite are by its: (1) Name or ID, (2) 5-digit Catalog Number, or (3) International Designator. The satellite ID is listed below in the table in both abbreviated and full form since it is identified by both somewhat interchangeably. The 5-digit catalog is assigned by NORAD/Space Command sequentially; each satellite has a unique number. The International Designator provides the launch year, followed by the sequential launch number for that year, and a piece identification. The primary piece from a launch (first spacecraft) is traditionally piece "A" and so forth. All payloads are assigned piece identifiers before spent upper stages and other launch debris are assigned identifiers. The piece identifier may be as long as three letters.

You can see pictures of some of the satellites by selecting the Satellite ID links.

Satellite ID

Full Name

Catalog #

Int. Des.

Launched

Orbit Type

AO-10

AMSAT OSCAR 10

14129

83-058B

1983-JUN-16

Highly Elliptical

AO-16

AMSAT OSCAR 16

20439

90-005B

1990-JAN-22

LEO, Circular (Sun-Sync.)

AO-27

AMRAD OSCAR 27

22825

93-061C

1993-SEP-26

LEO, Circular (Sun-Sync.)

AO-40

AMSAT  OSCAR 40

26609

00-072B

2000-NOV-16

Highly Elliptical

DO-17

DOVE OSCAR 17

20440

90-005E

1990-JAN-22

LEO, Circular (Sun-Sync.)

FO-20

Fuji OSCAR 20

20480

90-013C

1990-FEB-07

LEO

FO-29

Fuji OSCAR 29

24278

96-046B

1996-AUG-17

LEO

GO-32

Gurwin OSCAR 32

25397

98-043D

1998-JUL-10

LEO, Circular (Sun-Sync.)

IO-26

ITAMSAT OSCAR 26

22826

93-061D

1993-SEP-26

LEO, Circular (Sun-Sync.)

ISS

International Space Station

25544

98-067A

1998-NOV-20

LEO, Circular

KO-23

KITSAT OSCAR 23

22077

92-052B

1992-AUG-10

LEO, Circular

KO-25

KITSAT OSCAR 25

22830

93-061H

1993-SEP-26

LEO, Circular (Sun-Sync.)

LO-19

LUSAT OSCAR 19

20442

90-005G

1990-JAN-22

LEO, Circular (Sun-Sync.)

PO-28

POSAT OSCAR 28

22829

93-061G

1993-SEP-26

LEO, Circular (Sun-Sync.)

PO-34

PANSAT OSCAR 34

25520

98-064B

1998-OCT-29

LEO, Circular

RS-12/13

Radio Sputnik 12/13

21089

91-007A

1991-FEB-05

LEO, Circular (Polar)

RS-15

Radio Sputnik 15

23439

94-085A

1994-DEC-26

LEO

RS-16

Radio Sputnik 16

24744

97-010A

1997-MAR-04

LEO Circular

SO-35

SUNSAT OSCAR 35

25636

99-008C

1999-FEB-23

LEO, Circular (Sun-Sync.)

TO-31

Teamsat OSCAR 31

25396

98-043C

1998-JUL-10

LEO, Circular (Sun-Sync.)

UO-11

UoSat OSCAR 11

14781

84-021B

1984-MAR-01

LEO, Circular (Sun-Sync.)

UO-22

UoSat OSCAR 22

21575

91-050B

1991-JUL-17

LEO, Circular (Sun-Sync.)

UO-36

UoSat OSCAR 36

25693

99-022A

1999-APR-21

LEO, Circular

WO-18

WEBERSAT OSCAR 18

20441

90-005F

1990-JAN-22

LEO, Circular (Sun-Sync.)

You can identify a satellite by its Common Name, its 5-digit Catalog Number, or its International Designator

The table cross references this information and gives you the launch date and some information about its orbit

Some of the Satellite Common Names (IDs) have links to pictures of the satellite

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