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Aurora (P67-1)

Aurora (P67-1) attached to the upper stage assembly [Rice Univ.]

The Aurora 1 was a small satellite to study the northern and southern lights (Aurora borealis and Aurora australis).

Aurora 1 was designed and built entirely on the Rice University campus at the Satellite Techniques Lab.

The satellite was successfully launched in June 1967 together with SECOR 9 on a Thor-LV2D Burner-2 with a Star-13A upper stage.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Research
Operator: Rice University for USAF STP (Space Test Program)
Contractors: Rice University
Equipment:
Configuration: Box
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 21 kg
Orbit: 3792 km × 3947 km, 90.1
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Aurora (P67-1) 1967-065B 29.06.1967 Va LE-6 Thor-LV2D Burner-2 Star-13A with SECOR 9
Further STP missions: