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Firewheel

The Firewheel satellite was supposed for the first time ever to conduct plasmadiagnostic measurenments with high positional resolution. It should have been an active plasma experiment with huge Barium and Lithium clouds in an environment of weak magnetic field strength.
Unfortunately the satellite and its four sub-satellites were lost when the launch of the Ariane 1 rocket failed on May 23, 1980.


Firewheel Mission

Magnetic Test

On Top of Ariane

Launch May 23, 1980

Firewheel Sub-Satellites

NCR - Canada

UC - Berkeley

MPE - Garching

SRC - England


Last update: 2006-07-04 by H. Steinle mail
Contact person: Dr. B. Klecker mail
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