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TAVE (before mounting to Agena-B) [NASA]

TAVE (Thor Agena Vibration Experiment) was a set of instruments attached to the Agena-B upper stage of the Thor-DM21 Agena-B launch vehicle which launched Alouette 1 to measure the vibrations during launch.

TAVE measured low-frequency vibrations to Agena stage and spacecraft interfaces during Thor boost phase. Tave provided data verifying the techniques used by Goddard and Lockheed in predicting the launch vibration environment of the Thor-Agena B rocket. Demonstration that these techniques were sound was most important in designing future experiments and structures for the Thor Agena vehicles.

The experiment was designed, built, tested, and shipped for launch in only 20 days.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Vehicle evaluation
Operator: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Contractors: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Configuration: Experiment bolted to Agena-B upper stage
Propulsion: None
Power: Battery
Mass: 790 kg (experiment only)
Orbit: 995 km × 1021 km, 80.47
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
TAVE 1962 βα 2 29.09.1962 Va 75-1-1 Thor-DM21 Agena-B with Alouette 1


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