The Pioneer V space probe is the product of systems engineering of a complex incorporating trajectory design, payload equipment, communication link, and ground network. It is the end result of a related series of space probes, most notably Explorer VI, which have served to test the components of Pioneer V, and at the same time it is a systems test leading toward future space probes. The trajectory of Pioneer V, the payload components, the data handling subsystem, and the results of this launch are described as a part of this systems approach, and some of the developmental steps leading to Pioneer V are illustrated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • George E. Mueller
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  1. 1.Space Technology LaboratoriesLos AngelesUSA

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