Reflections on the radio astronomy explorer program of the 1960s and 70s

  • M. L. Kaiser
I. Proposed Low Frequency Instruments for Space and the Moon
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 362)


The Radio Astronomy Explorer (RAE) program of the late 1960s and early 1970s is, to date, the only totally dedicated radio astronomy mission to have flown. However, only some of the prelaunch goals were achieved due to the unexpectedly high levels of interference from the earth in the form of both naturally occurring and man-made noise. Some important lessons in receiver design were learned which could and should be applied to any future radio astronomy missions.


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  1. Kaiser, M.L.: 1987, Radio Astronomy from Space, NRAO Workshop No. 18.Google Scholar
  2. Kaiser, M.L.: 1989, in Plasma Waves and Instabilities at Comets and in Magnetospheres, AGU Geophysical Monograph No. 53.Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. L. Kaiser
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  1. 1.Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbelt

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