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Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Proposal and documentation 1964-1968

Series II: Photographs and video 1966-1967

Series III: Publications 1965-1968

Series IV: Other articles 1965-1967

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Aurora I and Owl Satellite records UA 381



Title: Aurora I and Owl Satellite records
Dates: 1964-1968
Abstract: This collection contains details of the original proposal for the Aurora I and Owl research satellites, photographs and video of the project, and papers/publications related to the project.
Identification: UA 381
Quantity: .5 Linear Feet
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Under contract Nonr-4964(1), dated February 5, 1965, with the Office of Naval Research, Rice University scientists designed and constructed two research satellites, eventually named “Aurora I” and “Owl.” Brian J. O’Brien, professor of Space Science, was the principal investigator, seconded by Ramon Trachta, payload manager, and Harold Killen and John W. Davis, payload engineers. Magnetically oriented for auroral research primarily in the northern hemisphere, the 125-lb. Aurora I had telemetry to facilitate collaborative work into the phenomena of what is commonly called “northern lights” among world-wide groups particularly interested in input (particle flux)-output (auroral light) studies. The first combined space effort among the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force, Aurora I was launched into orbit 2,000 miles from Earth on June 29, 1967, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Possible outcomes of Aurora’s data were attempts to control fusion reaction for the production of electrical power. Owl, the second satellite, was cancelled in 1968 because of delays and cost overruns.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains details of the original proposal for the Aurora I and Owl research satellites, photographs and video of the project, and papers/publications related to the project.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from the Aurora I and Owl Satellite records must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Aurora I and Owl Satellite records, 1964-1968, UA 381, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

THe Aurora I and Owl Satellite records were donated by John M. Davis August 15,2016.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Proposal and documentation 1964-1968

Box Folder
1 1 Proposal 1964-1965
2 Notes/Schedules 1965-1968

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Series II: Photographs and video 1966-1967

Box Folder
1 3 Photographs 1966-1967
4 Negatives and slides 1966-1967
5 Launch video 1967
General
Video of preparation and launch of Aurora I, 8 minutes and 35 seconds, no audio
6 8 mm film

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Series III: Publications 1965-1968

Box Folder
1 7 Boeing Co. leaflet 1965
8 Scientific Data Systems brochure 1965
9 Rice University/NASA Owl Satellites 1966
10 Aurora System Outline with Ground Station Requirements 1966
11 Specifications for Magnetometers for NASA/Rice Owl Satellites 1966
12 Specifications for 2-Axis Magnetometers for NASA/Rice Owl Satellites 1966
13 Quadrant Photometer for Space-borne Auroral and Optical Measurements 1966
14 Test Procedures for Owl Satellite GM Detectors 1966-1967
15 Department of Space Science brochure 1966-1967
16 Quadrant Photometer Drawings: Owl Satellite 1967
17 UV Photometer Drawings: Owl Satellite 1967
18 Systems Description of the Aurora I Satellite 1967
19 Chapter II, Section 3: Shipping and Customs 1967
20 Churchill Research Range: Javelin Master Countdown, Part IV of TD-224 1968

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Series IV: Other articles 1965-1967

Box Folder
1 21 Latest Space Developments 1965
22 Students Do Most of the Work on Rice Contract with NASA 1966
23 Rice Reaches for the Stars 1966
24 Higher Education from Satellites 1966
25 TRW Space Log 1967
26 Rice vs Navy football program article 1967

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