Firewheel Milestones

mission planning Zoom Image

mission planning

magnetic calibration Zoom Image

magnetic calibration

mounted on top of the Ariane rocket Zoom Image

mounted on top of the Ariane rocket

Launch on May 23, 1980 Zoom Image

Launch on May 23, 1980

Finished Projects

Firewheel (Feuerrad)

The Firewheel (Feuerrad) 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. It was the second launch of an Ariane rocket. Combustion instabilitiers in one of the Viking first stage engines caused an explosion shortly after launch.

The four Firewheel subsatellites of the partner institutes:


NRC Canada
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NRC Canada


UC Berkeley
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UC Berkeley







MPE
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MPE


SRC England
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SRC England

Complete satellite Zoom Image
Complete satellite

last update 2013-07-25 by H. Steinle

 
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