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Spartan consists of low-cost, Shuttle-launched, short-duration, sounding-rocket-type payloads. The payloads are retrievable and reusable with a turnaround time of approximately 6 to 9 months. Spartan has relatively few operational interfaces with STS. It operates as an autonomous sub-satellite, and the data are stored on an internal tape recorder. Pointing and stabilization are achieved by an Attitude Control System (ACS) capable of plus or minus 30 arcsec accuracy. Spartan-B carries instruments that are used (1) to probe the physics of the acceleration of the solar wind by measuring temperatures, particle densities, and velocities between 1.5 and 6 solar radii; (2) to map X-rays emanating from clusters of galaxies and explore the center of our galaxy; and (3) conduct a far ultraviolet survey of selected star fields such as the Magellanic Clouds and the Andromeda Galaxy. Network support of Spartan-B will consist of C-band radar tracking from various ground stations. For detailed information, see Mission Requirements and Data Systems Support Forecast, STDN No. 803, Dec/Jan 1989-1990, GSFC, NASA.

Alternate Names

  • Spartan 2

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1992-07-09
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
Mass: 1100 kg

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Space Science Applications (United States)


  • Solar Physics

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Dr. H. Kent Hills



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Mr. John H. LaneMission ManagerNASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Dr. Werner M. NeupertProject ScientistNASA Goddard Space Flight
Mr. John A. GlaabProgram ManagerNASA Headquarters
Dr. Richard H. MunroMission ScientistHigh Altitude
Mr. John L. KohlMission ScientistHarvard College
Dr. J. David BohlinProgram ScientistNASA Headquarters
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