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RM 18 & UVR (P68-1)

RM 18 & UVR [USAF]

RM 18 & UVR was a low-altitude satellite consisting of two payloads, part of the P68-1 mission, attached to the Burner-2 upper stage of the Atlas-SLV3 Burner-2 launch vehicle.

RM 18 (Radiometer 18) was a radiometer payload to obtain a data base of the fine structure of the earth's background.

UVR (Ultra Violet Radiometer) a radiometer payload to measure ultra-violet background data on the earth limb to study navigation using UV radiance.

These payloads were lost in a launch failure on 16th August 1968, when the payload fairing of the Atlas-SLV3 Burner-2 collapsed.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Experimental
Operator: USAF STP (Space Test Program)
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Power: Batteries
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Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
RM 18 & UVR (P68-1) 1968-F08 16.08.1968 Va SLC-3E F Atlas-SLV3 Burner-2 with Orbiscal 1, OV5 8, Gridsphere 1, Gridsphere 2, Mylar Balloon, Rigidsphere, LCS 3, LIDOS, Radcat, SECOR 11, SECOR 12
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