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Satellite Programme: Interstellar Boundary Explorer
Single satellite programme, addressing the region between the solar system and the interstellar space.
USA programme: NASA responsible of development and operations in collaboration with several institutes, the main beeing the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas.
The satellite exploits spin stabilisation.
The design lifetime is 2 years.
Highly elliptical orbit, with apogee approaching the Moon; low inclination.
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Onboard stored data downlinked to stations of the NASA network and collaborating. Mission Control Center at Orbital Science Corporation, Dulles Virginia.
Science Operations Centers at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas, and the Boston University, Massachusetts.
2008 - 2020
Associated satellites and instruments
Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned
Interstellar Boundary Explorer
(2008 - 2020)