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Space Technology 5 (ST5)

ST5 orbit.

The ST5 mission was part of NASA's New Millenium Program, managed by the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The primary program objective is the development of new technologies for space research. Within this program the ST5 project was managed by the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center to develop new technologies for nano-satellite formation flying. UCLA was selected by NASA to build a simple, accurate, reliable, low-noise, low-mass and low-cost fluxgate magnetometer for deployment with the three ST5 spacecraft. Originally planned as a mission to be placed in geosynchronous transfer orbit, the spacecraft were ultimately placed into a low altitude polar orbit in March 2006. The spacecraft operated successfully for three months prior to mission termination, and the magnetometers returned flawless high quality data. These data were used to investigate the higher order harmonic structure of the Earth's magnetic field, as well as ultra low frequency magnetic field oscillations, and the temporal and spatial variability of auroral field-aligned currents.

ST5 website: http://www-ssc.igpp.ucla.edu/st5

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Last updated: October 30, 2008