Explorer 65 (CCE)

Launch Time
Thu Aug 16, 1984 14:48 UTC


Delta 3924
Image Credit: USAF or NASA
US Air Force
Status: Retired
Payload to GTO: 1,104 kg
Stages: 3
Strap-ons: 9

Mission Details

Explorer 65 (CCE)

The AMPTE (Active Magnetospheric Particle Tracer Explorers) mission was designed to study the access of solar-wind ions to the magnetosphere, the convective-diffusive transport and energization of magnetospheric particles, and the interactions of plasmas in space. The mission consisted of three spacecraft: the CCE; the IRM, which provided multiple ion releases in the solar wind, the magnetosheath, and the magnetotail, with in situ diagnostics of each; and the UKS, which uses thrusters to keep station near the IRM to provide two-point local measurements. The CCE (Charge Composition Explorer) spacecraft was instrumented to detect those lithium and barium tracer ions from the IRM releases that were transported into the magnetosphere within the CCE orbit.
The CCE encountered command module/power supply problems since the beginning of 1989, and failed as of 12 July 1989.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 242.0 kg
Highly Elliptical Orbit


SLC-17A, Cape Canaveral SFS, Florida, USA



88th orbital launch attempt

Delta 3000 Series

30th mission
2nd mission of 1984
29th successful mission
27th consecutive successful mission