SATCAT Format Documentation

  • Data Format:

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    Column
    000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000111111111111111111111111111111111
    000000000111111111122222222223333333333444444444455555555556666666666777777777788888888889999999999000000000011111111112222222222333
    123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012
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    yyyy-nnnaaa  nnnnn M*O aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa  aaaaa  yyyy-mm-dd  aaaaa  yyyy-mm-dd  nnnnn.n  nnn.n  nnnnnn  nnnnnn  nnn.nnnn  aaa
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    ColumnsDescription
    001-011International Designator
    • Launch Year (001-004)
    • Launch of the Year (006-008)
    • Piece of the Launch (009-011)
    014-018NORAD Catalog Number
    020-020Multiple Name Flag ("M" if multiple names exist; alternate names found in satcat-annex.txt)
    021-021Payload Flag ("*" if payload; blank otherwise)
    022-022Operational Status Code
    Note: The "U" code indicates that the satellite is considered operational according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Satellite Database.
    024-047Satellite Name(s)
    • Standard Nomeclature
      • R/B(1) = Rocket body, first stage
      • R/B(2) = Rocket body, second stage
      • DEB = Debris
      • PLAT = Platform
      • Items in parentheses are alternate names
      • Items in brackets indicate type of object
        (e.g., BREEZE-M DEB [TANK] = tank)
      • An ampersand (&) indicates two or more objects are attached
    050-054Source or Ownership
    057-066Launch Date [year-month-day]
    069-073Launch Site
    076-085Decay Date, if applicable [year-month-day]
    088-094Orbital period [minutes]
    097-101Inclination [degrees]
    104-109Apogee Altitude [kilometers]
    112-117Perigee Altitude [kilometers]
    120-127Radar Cross Section [meters2]; N/A if no data available
    130-132Orbital Status Code
    • NCE = No Current Elements
    • NIE = No Initial Elements
    • NEA = No Elements Available
    • DOC = Permanently Docked
    • ISS = Docked to International Space Station
    • XXN = Central Body (XX) and Orbit Type (N)
      • AS = Asteroid
      • EA = Earth (default if blank)
      • EL = Earth Lagrange
      • EM = Earth-Moon Barycenter
      • JU = Jupiter
      • MA = Mars
      • ME = Mercury
      • MO = Moon (Earth)
      • NE = Neptune
      • PL = Pluto
      • SA = Saturn
      • SS = Solar System Escape
      • SU = Sun
      • UR = Uranus
      • VE = Venus
      • 0 = Orbit
      • 1 = Landing
      • 2 = Impact
      • 3 = Roundtrip
      (e.g., SU0 = Heliocentric Orbit, MO2 = Lunar Impact)

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