Transit-5E 2 [JHU/APL]
Three Transit-5B series satellites were launched by Thor-DSV2A Able-Star rockets with piggyback Transit-5E series research satellites. The 5E series were launched to obtain environmental data in the vicinity of the operational orbit of Transit satellites and used solar power. The Transit-5Es, which reached orbit, yielded excelent data.
This series was built on Transit busses based on the Transit 5A series.
Transit-5E 2 featured following systems:
The objectives of Transit-5E 2 were:
This satellite failed to orbit and no useful data were obtained. Prior to reentry, Satellite Transit-5BN-3 separated from 5E-2 and the 5E-2 solar blades deployed normally. Satellite 5E-2 systems operation prior to reentry was normal.
|Type / Application:||Experimental|
|Contractors:||Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)|
|Power:||4 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Transit-5E 2 (S/N 40)||1964-F06||21.04.1964||Va 75-1-1||F||Thor-DSV2A Able-Star||with Transit-5BN 3|