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Spartan-B

NSSDCA ID: SPATN-B

Description

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)

Discipline

  • Solar Physics

Additional Information

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

 

Personnel

NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Mr. John H. LaneMission ManagerNASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Dr. Werner M. NeupertProject ScientistNASA Goddard Space Flight Centerwerner.neupert@noaa.gov
Mr. John A. GlaabProgram ManagerNASA Headquarters
Dr. Richard H. MunroMission ScientistHigh Altitude Observatoryrmunro@ball.comrmunro@solar.stanford.edu
Mr. John L. KohlMission ScientistHarvard College Observatoryjkohl@cfa.harvard.edu
Dr. J. David BohlinProgram ScientistNASA Headquarters
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