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Electron 3



Electron 3 was launched with Electron 4 by a single launch vehicle in order to perform simultaneous investigation of the external and internal zones of the earth's radiation belt. Electron 3 had a cylindrical body that was 0.75 m in diameter and 1.3 m long and from which antennas and solar cell panels were extended. The spacecraft was placed into an eccentric orbit that enabled it to study the internal zone of the radiation belt. Data about the earth's radiation belt and magnetic field were returned by the Electron research systems.

Alternate Names

  • 00829
  • Electron3

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1964-07-10
Launch Vehicle: Modified SS-6 (Sapwood) with 1st or 2nd Generation Upper Stage
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), U.S.S.R
Mass: 350 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (U.S.S.R)


  • Space Physics

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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