THE STRUCTURE OF THE EXPLORER X MAGNETOMETER SPACE PROBE
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC
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The Explorer X was designed primarily to house scientific equipment and allied electronics for a rubidium vapor magnetometer experiment in interplanetary space. A plasma probe for investigating low energy positive particles constituted the secondary experimental equipment in the payload. Power for approximately 60 hours of flight was provided by 35 pounds of silver zinc batteries . The structure provided spin stabilization and was compatible with the low drag fairing of the Delta vehicle. Thermal control for the payload was maintained by a vaporized coating of aluminum on the exterior surfaces, coupled with a pattern of dull aluminum paint. All materials used in the structure were nonmagnetic and the use of the lightest materials possible resulted in a total payload weight of 79 pounds.
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