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Class: Earth. Type: Magnetosphere. Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, United Kingdom.

Ionospheric studies; returned X-ray, ionospheric, cosmic ray data.


Specification


Ariel Chronology


26 April 1962 Ariel 1 Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Vehicle: Delta. Mass: 60 kg. Perigee: 398 km. Apogee: 1,203 km. Inclination: 53.8 deg.

Ionospheric studies; returned X-ray, ionospheric, cosmic ray data. Spacecraft engaged in research and exploration of the upper atmosphere or outer space (US Cat B).


27 March 1964 Ariel 2 Launch Site: Wallops Island . Launch Vehicle: Scout X-3. Mass: 68 kg. Perigee: 287 km. Apogee: 1,349 km. Inclination: 51.7 deg.

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


05 May 1967 Ariel 3 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Scout A. Mass: 90 kg. Perigee: 499 km. Apogee: 604 km. Inclination: 80.6 deg.

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


11 December 1971 Ariel 4 Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Scout B. Mass: 100 kg. Perigee: 476 km. Apogee: 592 km. Inclination: 82.0 deg.

Ionospheric studies. Spacecraft engaged in research and exploration of the upper atmosphere or outer space (US Cat B).


15 October 1974 Ariel 5 Launch Site: San Marco . Launch Vehicle: Scout B. Mass: 129 kg. Perigee: 504 km. Apogee: 549 km. Inclination: 2.9 deg.

X-ray observatory. Cosmic X-ray astronomy. Injection point: 2.7S, 58.2E. Anticipated life: 5 years. Time of launch: 07:47:00.25 GMT. Decay also (belatedly) noted in ST/SG/SER.E/216.


02 June 1979 Ariel 6 Launch Site: Wallops Island . Launch Vehicle: Scout D. Mass: 154 kg. Perigee: 372 km. Apogee: 383 km. Inclination: 55.0 deg.

Detection of heavy cosmic particles and X-ray astronomy. Launch time 2326 GMT. Also registered by the United States in ST/SG/SER.E/26, with parameters 97.2 min, 601 x 653 km x 55.0 deg, category A.



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