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Explorer: S-46

Explorer (8) (S 46) [NASA]

S-46 was launched using a Juno-2 rocket. Its mission was to analyze electron and proton radiation energies in a highly elliptical orbit. If it hat reached orbit, it would have received an Explorer designation.

It carried following experiments:

  • CDS Proton Detector
  • Electron Spectrometer
  • High Energy GM Tube
  • Medium Energy GM Tube

Launch vehicle telemetry was lost shortly after the first stage burnout and one of the upper stages failed to fire. The spacecraft did not achieve orbit.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Research, ionospheric
Operator: NASA
Contractors:
Equipment:
Configuration:
Propulsion: ?
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 16 kg ?
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Explorer (8) (S 46) 1960-F04 23.03.1960 CC LC-26B F Juno-2

References:

  • NSSDC Master Catalog: S 46A
Further Explorer missions: