Transit 5E-1


Transit 5E-1
Transit 5E-1
Mission typeCharged particle research
Solar research
OperatorUS Air Force
COSPAR ID1963-038C
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Mission duration11 years
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass59 kilograms (130 lb)
Dimensions0.46 m x 0.25 m
Start of mission
Launch date28 September 1963, 20:22 (1963-09-28UTC20:22Z) UTC
RocketThor DSV-2A Ablestar
Launch siteVandenberg LC-75-1-1
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Semi-major axis7,470.7 kilometers (4,642.1 mi)
Perigee altitude1,070.9 kilometers (665.4 mi)
Apogee altitude1,128.5 kilometers (701.2 mi)
Inclination90.1 degrees
Period107.1 minutes

Transit 5E-1, International Designator 1963-038C, is an artificial satellite of the United States Department of Defense and launched in September 28, 1963, aboard a Thor rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base.


Transit 5E-1 was launched for studying charged particles, magnetic fields and solar spectra, as well as doing geodetic research.[citation needed]

It was launched to a polar orbit, from where it did geomagnetic and geodetic measurements. Electrical power was produced by four solar panels. After August 1969, the satellite did measurements infrequently. The last data were transmitted in November, 1974.

See also

External links

  • 1963-038C in Real Time Satellite Tracking