Solar Anomalous and Magnetospheric Particle Explorer
|Mission type||Magnetospheric research|
|Operator||NASA / GSFC
Max Planck Institute
|Mission duration||Planned: 3 years
Final: 11 years, 11 months and 27 days
|Manufacturer||NASA / GSFC|
|Launch mass||157 kg (346 lb)|
|Payload mass||45.2 kg (100 lb)|
|Dimensions||1.5 × 0.9 m (4.9 × 3.0 ft)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||July 3, 1992, 14:19UTC|
|Launch site||Vandenberg SLC-5W|
|End of mission|
|Decay date||November 13, 2012, 11:42UTC|
|Perigee||512 km (318 mi)|
|Apogee||687 km (427 mi)|
|Epoch||July 3, 1992|
The Solar Anomalous and Magnetospheric Particle Explorer (SAMPEX) was a NASA solar and magnetospheric observatory, and was the first spacecraft in the Small Explorer program. It was launched into low Earth orbit on July 3, 1992, from Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard a Scout G-1 rocket. SAMPEX was an international collaboration between NASA of the United States and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics of Germany.
The spacecraft carried four instruments designed to measure the anomalous components of cosmic rays, emissions from solar energetic particles, and electron counts in Earth's magnetosphere. Built for a three-year mission, its science mission was ended on June 30, 2004. Mission control for SAMPEX was handled by the Goddard Space Flight Center until October 1997, after which it was turned over to the Bowie State University Satellite Operations Control Center (BSOCC). BSOCC, with funding assistance from The Aerospace Corporation, continued to operate the spacecraft after its science mission ended, using the spacecraft as an educational tool for its students while continuing to release science data to the public.
- Heavy Ion Large Telescope (HILT)
- Low Energy Ion Composition Analyzer (LEICA)
- 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.
- Proton/Electron Telescope (PET)
SAMPEX collaborators included:
- The Aerospace Corporation
- J. B. Blake, M. Looper, K. L. Lorentzen, D. Mabry, J. Mazur, R. Selesnick
- California Institute of Technology
- A. Cummings, R. Leske, R. Mewaldt, E. Stone
- Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado Boulder
- D. N. Baker, S. G. Kanekal, Xinlin Li
- Max Planck Institute, Garching
- D. Hovestadt, B. Klecker, M. Scholer
- NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- T. Von Rosenvinge
- NASA Langley Research Center
- L. B. Callis, J. Lambeth
- University of Maryland, College Park
- G. M. Mason
- Washington University in St. Louis
- J. Cummings
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- "SAMPEX Mission Returns to Earth". The Aerospace Corporation. November 21, 2012. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
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- "Heavy Ion Large Telescope (HILT)". National Space Science Data Center. NASA. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
- "Low-Energy Ion Composition Analyzer (LICA)". National Space Science Data Center. NASA. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
- "Mass Spectrometer Telescope (MAST)". National Space Science Data Center. NASA. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
- "Proton-Electron Telescope (PET)". National Space Science Data Center. NASA. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
- Baker, Daniel N.; et al. (May 1993). "An overview of the Solar, Anomalous, and Magnetospheric Particle Explorer (SAMPEX) mission". IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 31 (3): 531–541. Bibcode:1993ITGRS..31..531B. doi:10.1109/36.225519.