CAT 1 [ESA]
The CAT (Capsule Ariane Technologique) payloads were instrumented vehicle evaluation payloads on the first four Ariane-1 flights.
CAT consisted of a cylindrical section, which carried the instruments for vibration, acceleration, sound and launch environment. They were battery powered with a life time of about 6 days. The CAT payloads could be topped by ballast or adaptor section.
CAT 4 contained also the scientific Thesee payload. It had a cylindrical ballast section with a vibration damping experiment, which carried the MARECS 1 comsat.
|Type / Application:||Vehicle evaluation|
|Contractors:||Aeritalia, Selenia, Labem|
|Orbit:||182 km × 35824 km, 17.63° (#1); 221 km × 35700 km, 10.23° (#3); 216 km × 35716 km, 10.38° (#4)|
|CAT 1||1979-104A||24.12.1979||Ko ELA-1||Ariane-1|
|CAT 2||1980-F01||23.05.1980||Ko ELA-1||F||Ariane-1||with Firewheel, Firewheel Subsat 1, 2, 3, 4, AMSAT P3A|
|CAT 3||1981-057C||19.06.1981||Ko ELA-1||Ariane-1||with Meteosat 2, Apple|
|CAT 4 (Thesee)||1981-122B||20.12.1981||Ko ELA-1||Ariane-1||with MARECS 1|