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The AMICIST payload was developed by the Magnetospheric Research Group at UNH,
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at Goddard Space Flight Center, and Cornell University. The dual payload was launched by a quadruple stage, Black Brant XII sounding rocket on February 24, 1995, at 10:21:46 UT, from Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska just north of Fairbanks. The total mass of the payload was approximately 260 kg, and it was about 4 meters long.
Its primary aim was to take various nighttime particle readings from an altitude of 900 km, above the visible aurora. Once in flight the smaller, sub payload separated from the main so that readings could be taken from two different perspectives. This would help scientists note and observe similarities and incongruities within the plasma.
The payload shown here was flown by Black Brant XII Flight 40.007 UE, and was launched from Poker Flat, Alaska, just north of Fairbanks, in February 1995.
Here is an orientation sketch showing spin rates of the dual payload and their anticipated separation velocity during AMICIST's 15 minute flight.
Here is some preliminary data analysis.
The people Involved
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