Ariel 1
21 Sep 2009
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​Ariel-1 was the first British Satellite and the first in the Ariel series.​​ It was damaged in 1962 from the Starfish Prime nuclear test and decayed from there onwards.

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​​Artist impression of Ariel 1

NASA


RAL Space Involvement
Ground station

Subject
Solar Physics

Main Objectives
To examine ionosphere and of sun-ionosphere relationships

Launch Date
26​ Apr 1962

​Partners
NASA, University of Birmingham, University of Southampton, University College London, ESA, Imperial College​

Further information
NASA​


For more information please contact: RAL Space Enquiries

Contact: RAL Space Enquiries