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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).
- 2 - McDowell, Jonathan, The United Nations Registry of Space Objects, Harvard University, 1997. HTML when accessed: http://hea-www.harvard.edu/QEDT/jcm/space/un/un.html
- 6 - JPL Mission and Spacecraft Library, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 1997. HTML when accessed: http://msl.jpl.nasa.gov/home.html
- 279 - McDowell, Jonathan, Launch Log, October 1998. HTML when accessed: http://hea-www.harvard.edu/~jcm/space/log/launch.html
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