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Radio Frequency Beacon

NSSDCA ID: 1964-064A-01

Mission Name: BE-B
Principal Investigator:Mr. Leo J. Blumle


A radio beacon radiated a plane-polarized signal at 20.005 MHz, 40.010 MHz, 41.010 MHz, and 360.090 MHz, all harmonics of 1.00025 MHz. The three lower frequencies underwent an appreciable number of rotations about the plane of polarization due to electron concentration. The highest frequency did not. Several methods were used to analyze these rotations and determine the total electron content between the satellite and a ground receiver. The instrument failed in January 1970.

Alternate Names

  • BE-B/RadioFrequencyBeacon


  • Space Physics: Ionospheric Studies

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NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Mr. Leo J. BlumlePrincipal InvestigatorNASA Goddard Space Flight
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