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Interkosmos 18 (Magik, AUOS-Z-M-IK #1)

Interkosmos 18 [Yuzhnoye]

Launched during the IMS period, Intercosmos 18 experiment objective was to study the character of the ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling by continuing experiments similar to those on Intercosmos 10. Both real-time and stored data modes were used. The satellite measurements were accompanied by simultaneous ground-based, balloon, and rocket observations. The parameters were

  • geomagnetic field (3 components),
  • low-energy particle fluxes and their angular distributions (electrons and positive ions, 100 eV to 50 keV.,
  • VLF wave electric and magnetic components (100 Hz to 16 kHz),
  • electrostatic fields of magnetospheric-ionospheric origin by a double-probe technique (3 components),
  • electron and ion densities and temperatures using several techniques, and
  • the ion and neutral composition of the upper atmosphere.
Nation: International
Type / Application: Science
Operator: Interkosmos
Contractors: Yuzhnoye
Configuration: AUOS-Z
Power: 8 deployable fixed solar arrays, solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 6 months
Mass: 990 kg
Orbit: 407 km × 768 km, 83
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Interkosmos 18 (Magik, AUOS-Z-M-IK #1) 1978-099A 24.10.1978 Pl LC-132/1 Kosmos-3M with Magion 1


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