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Spartan-C

NSSDCA ID: SPATN-C

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). Spartan-C carries a Schmidt electrographic camera which has been successfully flown in four previous sounding rocket investigations. Scientific objectives include a survey of selected star fields and far-UV images of diffuse nebulae and nearby galaxies. Spartan-C is designed to measure the brightness and map the positions of early-type stars, white dwarfs, and hot subdwarfs.

Alternate Names

  • Spartan 3

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1986-12-01
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: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

 

Personnel

NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. George R. CarruthersMission ScientistUS Naval Research Laboratorygeorge.carruthers@nrl.navy.mil
Mr. John A. GlaabProgram ManagerNASA Headquarters
Mr. John J. WolffMission ManagerNASA Goddard Space Flight Centerjohn.wolff@ccmime.gsfc.nasa.gov
Dr. Werner M. NeupertProject ScientistNASA Goddard Space Flight Centerwerner.neupert@noaa.gov
Dr. Edward J. WeilerProgram ScientistNASA Headquartersedward.j.weiler@nasa.gov
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