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APL 1963-038C
APL 1963-038C -

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Class: Earth. Type: Magnetosphere. Nation: USA. Agency: U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy. Manufacturer: Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory built several satellites for the Air Force in the 1960ís.

The missions of Satellite 1963-038C were to measure omnidirectional flux of protons and electrons at various energy levels, radiation effects on transistors, and the effectiveness of thermal coatings. The satellite was launched together with a classified Department of Defense spacecraft on September 28, 1963. Its orbit was apogee 1120 kilometres, perigee 1070 kilometres, inclination 88.9 degrees. The satellite weighed 62 kg; its body was in the shape of an 0.46 m x 0.25 m octagonal prism. It was powered by four solar blades and transmited on 136, 162, and 324 mcs. The spacecraft was built for the Bureau of Naval Weapons. In 1967 it was still sending usable data from all systems.


Specification

Total Mass: 64 kg.


APL Chronology


28 September 1963 APL SN 39 Program: Transit. Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Thor Able-Star. Mass: 61 kg. Perigee: 1,061 km. Apogee: 1,124 km. Inclination: 90.0 deg.

The missions of Satellite 1963-038C were to measure omnidirectional flux of protons and electrons at various energy levels, radiation effects on transistors, and the effectiveness of thermal coatings. The satellite was launched together with a classified Department of Defense spacecraft on September 28, 1963. Its planned orbit was apogee 1120 kilometres, perigee 1070 kilometres, inclination 88.9 degrees. The satellite weighed 62 kg; its body was in the shape of an 0.46 m x 0.25 m octagonal prism. It was powered by four solar blades and transmited on 136, 162, and 324 mcs. The spacecraft was built for the Bureau of Naval Weapons. In 1967 it was still sending usable data from all systems.


05 December 1963 Unidentified Program: Transit. Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Thor Able-Star. Mass: 53 kg. Perigee: 1,056 km. Apogee: 1,109 km. Inclination: 90.1 deg.

Radiation monitoring.


13 December 1964 APL SN 43 Program: Transit. Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Thor Able-Star. Mass: 78 kg. Perigee: 1,007 km. Apogee: 1,064 km. Inclination: 89.8 deg.

Celestial UV, magnetic field data.



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