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Ariel 1


Designation 00285 / 62015A
Launch date 26 Apr 1962
Country of origin United Kingdom
Mission Scientific: ionosphere study
Perigee/Apogee 398/1203 km
Inclination 53.8°
Period 100.8 min
Launch vehicle Thor Delta #9

First UK satellite

The satellite failed four days after the US detonated a 1.4 megaton nuclear warhead, in an experiment known as Starfish Prime, high in the atmosphere 400 kilometres (250 miles) above the Pacific Ocean.

End of life

Decay 24 May 1976

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