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Meteoroid Technology Satellite



The objectives of the Meteoroid Technology Satellite were to measure the meteoroid penetration rates in the bumper-protected target, and to obtain data on meteoroid velocity and flux distribution. The central hub of the satellite was 320 cm long and carried the velocity and impact experiments. Bumper targets extended from the satellite, giving it an overall width of 701.5 cm.

Alternate Names

  • MTS
  • 06142
  • Explorer 46
  • MeteoroidTechnologySatellite

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1972-08-13
Launch Vehicle: Scout
Launch Site: Wallops Island, United States
Mass: 90 kg

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology (United States)


  • Planetary Science

Additional Information

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



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Mr. R. L. MitchellGeneral ContactNASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Dr. William H. KinardProject ScientistNASA Langley Research
Mr. Charles V. WoernerProject ManagerNASA Langley Research Center
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