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.
|Type / Application:||Research|
|Configuration:||Octagonal prism mounted on FW-4S stage, 4 deployable target wings|
|Propulsion:||None in orbit|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||496 km × 814 km, 37.7°|
|Explorer 46 (MTS A)||1972-061A||13.08.1972||WI LA-3||Scout-D1|
|MTS back-up||-||not launched|