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VELA 2, 674

Orbit data source: Space-Track

VELA 2, 674 is a payload satellite owned by USAF SSD (US) in HEO that was launched on Thu, 17 Oct 1963 UTC via an Atlas Agena D launch vehicle from the Air Force Eastern Test Range (AFETR). Payloads include a variety of satellites, spacecraft, and rockets equipped with specific instruments for various scientific and technological missions. These include communications satellites like Starlink; space stations such as the ISS; scientific satellites like the Hubble; Earth observation satellites from companies like Planet Labs, Umbra, and HawkEye 360; GPS; miniature CubeSats for education and research; and military/defense satellites.

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VELA 2 details
NORAD ID674
COSPAR ID
1963-039A
Orbit
HEO
Last TLE updatein 1 day
Origin
Flag of USUSAF SSD (US)
ManufacturerTRW
BusVela
MotorBE3A
Mass~217 kg wet, 115 kg dry
Launch date (UTC)
1963-10-17 (61 years ago)
Launch vehicle
Atlas Agena D
Launch site
Air Force Eastern Test Range (AFETR)
Object type
Payload
Rocket body
Debris
Radar Cross SectionSmall (<0.1 m²)
Predictive object data (real-time)
Latitude-23.94982°
Longitude-9.65516°
Altitude116,849.471 km
Speed1.735 km/s
Apparent Right ascension06h 18m 54s
Apparent Declination-25° 20' 31"
Sunlit
Object is in daylight
Predictive observer data (real-time)
Local Sidereal Time22:59:46
Azimuth98.823° ESE
Elevation-30.615°
Doppler factor1
Orbital elements
Apogee149,872.241 km
Perigee67,848.51 km
Semi-major axis115,238.512 km
Eccentricity0.3558868
Inclination45.4913°
RAAN118.3807°
Arg. of periapsis85.9676°
True anomaly0.80076°
Mean anomaly0.3555°
Mean motion0.05548 °/min
BSTARUnknown
Period6488.67 mins
Definitive object data (Epoch: 2024-06-24T12:35:30.549Z)
Latitude45.55379°
Longitude102.88989°
Altitude68,404.141 km
Speed2.684 km/s
True Right ascension13h 39m 42s
True Declination45° 32' 15"
Sunlit
Object was in daylight at TLE epoch
TLE from in 1 day
0 VELA 2
1   674U 63039A   24176.52465914  .00000205  00000-0  00000+0 0  9990
2   674  45.4913 118.3807 3558868  85.9676   0.3555  0.22192556 49235
Epoch: 2024-06-24T12:35Z
No data available
Other satellites on launch #39 in the year 1963 (1963-10-17 UTC)

VELA 2 Visibility forecast

Observer location: 39.9160978°, -105.1181434, 0m alt.

VELA 2 is not visible in the next 10 days
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