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Class: Solar. Nation: United States. Agency: USAF, NASA. Manufacturer: TRW.

Pioneer 5 was designed to provide the first map of the interplanetary magnetic field. The vehicle functioned for a record 106 days, and communicated with Earth from a record distance of 36.2 million km. Spacecraft: Spin stabilised. Four deployed/fixed solar paddles providing 16 watts.


Design Life: 1 month. Total Length: 0.7 m. Maximum Diameter: 0.7 m. Total Mass: 43 kg.

Pioneer 5 Chronology

11 March 1960 Pioneer 5 Program: Pioneer. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Vehicle: Thor Able. Mass: 43 kg.

Solar research. Solar Orbit (Heliocentric). Spacecraft engaged in research and exploration of the upper atmosphere or outer space (US Cat B).


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