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Satellite details
Acronym GFZ-1
Full name GeoForschungsZentrum-1 Geodesy Satellite
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • Single flight unit of the GFZ-1 programme.
  • Main mission: Solid Earth (space geodesy).
  • A sphere of diameter 21.5 cm, density 4.2 g/cm3.
Mass at launch 20.63 kg Dry mass 20.63 kg
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data available by the GeoForschungsZentrum-1 of Potsdam, Germany.
Orbit Drifting orbit Altitude 398 km
Inclination 51.6 °


Space agency DLR
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
  • The re-entry phase was tracked until the altitude of 150 km.
Launch 19 Apr 1995 EOL 23 Jun 1999
Last update: 2015-07-27
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Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on GFZ-1

Acronym Full name
RRA Retro-Reflector Array
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