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Satellite details
Acronym SAMPEX
Full name Solar Anomalous and Magnetospheric Particle Explorer
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • Single flight unit of the SAMPEX programme.
  • Also known as Explorer 68.
  • Main mission: solar physics.
  • Additional mission: magnetospheric processes.
  • Slightly elliptical orbit (perigee = 520 km, apogee = 670 km).
Mass at launch 157 kg Dry mass
Power 100 W
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Data available from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).
Orbit Drifting orbit Altitude 590 km
Inclination 82 °


Space agency NASA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 03 Jul 1992 EOL 13 Nov 2012
Last update: 2015-07-29
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on SAMPEX

Acronym Full name
LEICA Low-Energy Ion Composition Analyzer
HILT Heavy Ion Large Telescope
MAST Mass Spectrometer Telescope
PET Proton/Electron Telescope
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