The MSS A (Magnetic Storm Satellite) was an 36 kg, spin-stabilized spacecraft with a 4000 bps telemetry rate, which was jointly developed by the USAF's AFCRL and NASA's Explorer program.
The USAF was to provide the spacecraft and the instruments. The objective of MSS A was to verify and clarify the magnetic storm and auroral mechanisms and related phenomena by direct measurements in the inner magnetosphere of the low-energy proton and electron flux, the vector magnetic field, and the electric field.
This mission was to be launched in late 1970 or early 1971 on a Scout booster from Wallops Island, but was cancelled.
|Type / Application:||Research, Magnetosphere|
|Contractors:||Avco Systems Division|
|Explorer (MSS A)||-||not launched||WI LA-3A||Scout-B ?|