|Nation||United States of America (USA)|
|Spacecraft Mass||144 pounds (65.4 kilograms)|
|Mission Design and Management||NASA / ARC|
|Launch Vehicle||Thrust-Augmented Improved Thor-Delta (Thor Delta L no. D73 / Thor no. 540)|
|Launch Date and Tim||Aug. 27, 1969 / 21:59:00 UT|
|Launch Site||Cape Canaveral, Fla. / Launch Complex 17A|
|Scientific Instruments||1. Three-Axis Magnetometer
2. Cosmic Ray Telescope
3. Radio Propagation Detector
4. Electric Field Detector
5. Quadrispherical Plasma Analyzer
6. Cosmic Ray Anisotropy Detector
7. Cosmic Dust Detector
8. Celestial Mechanics Experiment
Aug. 27, 1969: Launch
Aug. 27, 1969: Spacecraft destroyed
In Depth: Pioneer-E
During the launch of this Pioneer probe, at T+31 seconds, the hydraulics system of the first stage of the booster malfunctioned, eventually causing complete loss of pressure at T+213 seconds, only 4 seconds prior to main engine cutoff of the first stage.
Although second stage performance was nominal, there was no way to compensate for the large pointing error introduced by the malfunctions in the first stage.
With the booster veering off course, ground control sent a command to destroy the vehicle at T+484 seconds.
Pioneer-E was the last in a series of probes intended for studying interplanetary space from heliocentric orbit. An additional payload on the Thor Delta L was a Test and Training Satellite (TETR C) to test the Apollo ground tracking network.
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