Images and Memories from Ariel V

Courtesy from John Ives and John Raymont


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Ariel V in the clean room
Ariel V carried many experiments. A set of four were co-aligned with the spin-axis monitoring a small field of the X-ray sky. Other two experiments, All-Sky Monitor (ASM) and the Sky-Survey Instrument (SSI), were instead as their names suggest, dedicated to monitoring wider region of the X-ray sky.
The picture shows a technician working on the Ariel V.
Santa Rita experimenters test room There are two platforms at the launch site in Kenya, San Marco and Santa Rita, a few km apart. On the Santa Rita platform is located the experimenters test room (shown in the picture). Santa Rita is the closest view site to the San Marco launch platform.
Boat connecting the platforms to mainland The daily transport from the mainland, at Malindi (Kenya), to the platforms was the boat shown in the picture. The net cage, called "a billy pugh net", it was swung out on a crane. After the arrival at the platform, passengers have to jump from the boat into the net and subsequently be hoisted onto the platform.
Ariel V group scientist Transport between the two platforms was usually via a ZODIAC inflatable boats. The picture shows one of this trip. Steve Holt, PI of the ASM instrument on Ariel V, is in the middle of the picture. John Raymont, that worked on the experiment C on Ariel V, is on his left. Seated with the hat is Robert Boyd, the MSSL director, and standing is John Smith from the UK Science Research Council.
Santa Rita platform View of the Santa Rita platform, from the boat. It is the day of the launch.
San Marco platform View of the San Marco platform. The Scout rocket carrying Ariel V is in place and everything is ready to go. Perfect day for launch. The clock is ticking ..
Ariel V launch
Lift off !
It's October 15 1974
Ariel V was a UK-USA collaboration. It operated till the spring of 1980 and it was dedicated to monitoring the X-ray sky.

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