PIX 1 [NASA]
PIX 1 (Plasma Interaction Experiment) was an add-on eyperiment mounted on an Delta second stage to investigate high voltage discharge and arcing on spacecraft components. A 96 cm by 81 cm experiment plate was mounted on one side of the stage while an electronics box was on an other side. PIX 1 was conceived to gain some data, which the failed SPHINX space craft should have provided, until the more sophisticated DoD/NASA P78-2 SCATHA satellite was flown. The payload consisted of a sample solar cell and some insulation experiments.
PIX 2 was a similar experiment flown some years later, featuring sample solar cells and a Langmuir probe.
|Type / Application:||Research|
|Operator:||NASA Lewis Research Center|
|Contractors:||NASA Lewis Research Center|
|Configuration:||Experiments on Delta second stage|
|Propulsion:||None in orbit|
|Mass:||34 kg (experiment only) (#1); 45 kg (experiment only) (#2)|
|PIX 1||05.03.1978||Va SLC-2W||Delta-2910||with Landsat 3, Amsat P2D|
|PIX 2||26.01.1983||Va SLC-2W||Delta-3910||with IRAS|