Explorer 17 (AE A) [NASA]
AE A (Aeronomy Explorer A) was a spin-stabilized sphere 0.95 m in diameter. The spacecraft was vacuum sealed in order to prevent contamination of the local atmosphere. Explorer 17 carried four pressure gauges for the measurement of total neutral particle density, two mass spectrometers for the measurement of certain neutral particle concentrations, and two electrostatic probes for ion concentration and electron temperature measurements. Battery power failed on July 10, 1963. Three of the four pressure gauges and both electrostatic probes operated normally. One spectrometer malfunctioned, and the other operated intermittently.
|Type / Application:||Atmospheric Research|
|Contractors:||NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center|
|Orbit:||254 km × 891 km, 57.6°|
|Explorer 17 (AE A, S 6)||03.04.1963||CC LC-17B||Delta-B|