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Explorer: MTS A

Explorer 46 (MTS A) [NASA]

The objectives of the MTS (Meteroid Technology Satellite) were to measure the meteoroid penetration rates in the bumper-protected target, and to obtain data on meteoroid velocity and flux distribution. The central hub of the satellite was 3.20 m long and carried the velocity and impact experiments. Bumper targets extended from the satellite, giving it an overall width of 7.015 m.

A back-up had been built, but was not launched and is now in the collection of the Smithsonian.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Research
Operator: NASA
Contractors:
Equipment:
Configuration: Octagonal prism mounted on FW-4S stage, 4 deployable target wings
Propulsion: None in orbit
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 90 kg
Orbit: 496 km × 814 km, 37.7
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Explorer 46 (MTS A) 1972-061A 13.08.1972 WI LA-3 Scout-D1
MTS back-up - not launched

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