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Intercosmos 18



Launched during the IMS period, the spacecraft experiment objective was to study the character of the ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling by continuing experiments similar to those on Intercosmos 10. Both real-time and stored data modes were used. The satellite measurements were accompanied by simultaneous ground-based, balloon, and rocket observations. The parameters were geomagnetic field (3 components), low-energy particle fluxes and their angular distributions (electrons and positive ions, 100 eV to 50 keV), VLF wave electric and magnetic components (100 Hz to 16 kHz), electrostatic fields of magnetospheric-ionospheric origin by a double-probe technique (3 components), electron and ion densities and temperatures using several techniques, and the ion and neutral composition of the upper atmosphere. Experiment personnel and descriptions of the instruments have been requested but not received.

Alternate Names

  • 11082
  • Intercosmos18
  • MAG-IK
  • Magic

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1978-10-24
Launch Vehicle: Modified SS-5 (SKean IRBM) plus Upper Stage
Launch Site: Plesetsk, U.S.S.R
Mass: 1050 kg

Funding Agency

  • Intercosmos (U.S.S.R)


  • Space Physics

Additional Information

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



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Prof. Vladimir V. MigulinProject
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