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Exos B (Jikiken)

Exos B [ISAS]

This mission was part of the Japanese contribution to the International Magnetospheric Study, and it carried out coordinated observations with Exos A (Kyokko). Investigations of correlated mechanisms between particles and fields and plasma turbulence were made with in situ measurement techniques using electrostatic particle analyzers. The spacecraft, a 12-sided polyhedron, carried extendable dipole antennas with lengths of 103 m and 69.6 m, and a 1-m boom for a vector magnetometer. A solar panel array provided 30 W into a battery and regulator system. The spacecraft spin stabilized at 150 rpm but dropped to 3 rpm when the two sets of antennas were extended. Attitude was measured with a sun sensor to an accuracy of 0.5 deg. A 0.5 W136 MHz PCM/PM telemetry system handled 256 or 1024 bps, and a 2 W400 MHz PM system handled wideband 10 kHz or 3 kHz data. Data acquisition was in real time except for a 10-Kbyte memory for housekeeping and plasma parameter data.

The scientific instrumentation was:

  • Stimulated Plasma Wave (SPW)
  • Natural Plasma Waves (NPW)
  • VLF Doppler Propagation (DPL)
  • Impedance and Electric Field (IEF)
  • Fluxgate Magnetometer (MGF)
  • Energy Spectrum of Particles (ESP)
  • Controlled Electron Beam Emissions (CBE)

Exos B operated until 1985 and reentered in April 2018.

Nation: Japan
Type / Application: Research, upper atmosphere, plasma
Operator: ISAS
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 92 kg
Orbit: 230 km × 30558 km, 31
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Exos B (Jikiken) 1978-087A 16.09.1978 Ka LP-M M-3H [KM-?]


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