MESA Accelerometer for Atmosphere Explorer Satellites.
Final rept. 17 Sep 71-15 Jan 75,
TEXTRON INC BUFFALO N Y BELL AEROSPACE DIV
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The report describes development fabrication and test of the MESA accelerometer experiment for use in the Atmosphere Explorer Satellite series over the period 17 September 1971 through 15 January 1975. A total of three, 3 Axis accelerometer experiment packages and two sets of Ground Support Equipment were delivered to AFCRL. The first experiment was placed in orbit on C Atmosphere Explorer satellite in December 1973. The second two experiments have been integrated with the D and E spacecraft, which are scheduled for launch during the late half of 1975. The C spacecraft remains in orbit at this date. Data received thus far, indicate the experiment is operating as predicted. The MESA experiment is designed to measure atmospheric density over the entire altitude range expected in the Atmosphere Explorer series. In addition, it will also measure satellite acceleration from the Orbital Adjust Propulsion System OAPS.
- Atmospheric Physics
- Unmanned Spacecraft