Solar Anomalous and Magnetospheric Particle Explorer

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SAMPEX
SAMPEX
General information
NSSDC ID 1992-038A
Organization NASA (GSFC) / Germany
Launch date 1992-07-03 14:19:00 UTC
Launch site Vandenberg SLC-5W
Launch vehicle Scout G-1
Mission length 3 years (planned)
End of Science mission: June 30, 2004.1
Mass 158.0 kilograms (348.3 lb)
Type of orbit Inclination: 81.69999694824219°
Eccentricity: 0.009999999776482582
Orbit height Periapsis: 512.0 km
Apoapsis: 687.0 km
Orbit period 96.69999694824219 minutes
Website SAMPEX home page

The Solar Anomalous and Magnetospheric Particle Explorer (SAMPEX) satellite was launched in July 1992 into a low earth orbit at an altitude of 520 by 670 km and 82 degrees inclination. The satellite far exceeded its expected three-year lifetime. It has primarily operated in a three-axis stabilized mode but has also been spun for limited periods. The satellite carries four instruments designed to measure the radiation environment of the Earth's magnetosphere.

SAMPEX was an international collaboration between NASA of the United States and Germany.2 It was part of the Small Explorer program started in 19892

SAMPEX science mission ended on June 30, 2004.1 It re-entered Earth's atmosphere on November 13, 2012.3

It was also operated as an educational tool by Bowie State University, with additional data collections.4 SAMPEX's research area was continued by the Van Allen Probes (RBSP).4

Instruments

  • Heavy Ion Large Area Proportional Counter Telescope (HILT)5
  • Low Energy Ion Composition Analyzer (LICA)6
  • Mass Spectrometer Telescope (MAST) measures the isotopic composition of elements from Li(Z=3) to Ni(Z=283) with energy from 10 to several hundred MeV/nucleon.78
  • Proton/Electron Telescope (PET)9

Collaborators

SAMPEX collaborators included:1

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