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Heos-A Press Kit

Heos-A Press Kit

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NATIONAL
AERONAUTICS
AND
SPACE
ADMINS'RATION
WO2-4155
WASHINGTON,D.C.
20546
TE
W3-6925
FOR
RELEASE:
TUESDAY
A.M.
Decmeber
3,
1968
RELEASE
NO:
68-204
p
PROJECT:
HEOS-A
REA
S
GENERAL
RELEASE
------------------------------------------
1-3
THE
HEOS-AMISSION ----------------------------------------
4-5
LIST
OF
HEOS
EXPERIMENTS--------------------------------6-8
SPACECRAFT-----------------------------------------------9
TRACKING--------------------------------------------------
-10
LAUNCH VEHICLE--------------------------------------------11-13
SEQUENCE
OFLAUNCH
EVENTS--------------------------------14
HEOS
PROGRAMPARTICIPANTS
---------------------------------
15-16
INDUSTRIAL
PARTICIPANTS-----------------------------------16
K
-0-
11/27/68
T
 
NATIONAL
AERONACTICS
AND
SPACE
ADMINISTRATION
TELSE
O
2-4155
NEW
WASHINGTON,D.C.
20546
WO3-6925
FOR
RELEASE:
TUEADAY
A.M.
December
3,
1968
RECLESE
NO:
68~20It
HEOS-A
SATELLITE
The
European Space
Research
Organization's
first
interplanetary
physics research
satellite,
HEOS,
is
scheduledforlaunching
on
a
NationalAeronautics
and
Space
Administra-
tion
Thor-Delta
vehiclefrom
CapeKennedy,
Fla.,
no earlier
than
Dec.
5.
HEOS (Highly
Eccentric
Orbit
Satellite)
will
be
the
firstspacecraftlaunched
under
an
ESRO-NA.SA
agreement
providing
forlaunchingson
a
reimbursable ba3is.
HEOS'
scientific
mission
is
to
study
interplanetary
physics
-i
particularlymagnetic
fields
--
cosmic
radiation
and
solar Ind
outside
of
the
magnetosphere
and
the
Earth's
ahock-wave.
Forthis
purpose
a
highly
elliptical
orbit
was
selected,
with
an
apogee
of
225,000kilometers
(138,000
statute
miles)
equivalent
to
two-thirds
the
distancefrom
the
Earth
to the
Moon
and
well
above
the
regions
of
space
influenced
by
the
Earth.
-more-
11/27/68
 
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The
HEOS
mission
was
planned
for
the
period
of nigh
solar
activity,
near
the
end
of
1968
orthe
beginning
of
1969.
The
238-pound
satellite
-will
have a
perigee
of
440
kilometers
(274
miles)
an
inclination
of
28.3degrees
and
a
period
of approxi-mately
five days.
HEOS
is
capable
of
modifying
its
attitude
and
spin
rate
on
ground
command.
It
also
has
the
unique
feature
of being"magnetically
clean,"
i.e.:
the
magnetic
field
induced
by
the
satellite
itself
as
maae'red
by
the
on-board
magnetomeiter
is
only0.15
gamma.
HEOS
was
prepared
under
the
supervision
of
ESRO's
Europea-Space
Technology
Center
(ESTEC)
at
Noordwijk,,
Holland.
The
satellite
carries
eight
experiments
prepared
by
univer
'ivy
laboratories
in
Belgium,
Federal
Republic
of
Germany,
France,
Italy
and
the
United
Kingdom.
The
spacecraft
was
developed
by
a
consortiufl
of
Industries
in
Belgium,
Federal
Republic
ofGermany,
France
and
the
UK.
Total
cost
of
the
project
is
esti-
mated
to
be
$16
million
including
the
launching
costs
of
ap-
proximately
$4
million.
The
NASA-ESRO
agreement
of
December 1966
concerning
re-
imbursable
l.aunchinga
provides
that
ESRO
will
furnish
the
space-
craft
and
reimburse
NASA
f
or
Delta
launch
vehicle
costs
and
other
support.
smore-

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