Our first attempt to place a satellite in a higher orbit of Kerbin for scientific studies.
Launched Y1:D35. Voyager I was to test general rocket performance and to return data from orbit. While orbital insertion was not quite as planned, it did achieve a stable orbit and has returned valuable data regarding radiation and temperature levels.
Much of this data is from a new region of space but so far it is helping to refine our understanding of data collected from Venture 1 which accidentally ended up in an eccentric orbit of Kerbin.
The second probe in the series launched 13 days later under the pressure of a corporate contract with FLOOYD Dynamics Research Lab. FLOOYD had set a challenge to insert a satellite into an exact orbit and KSC delivered.
This probe features an enlarged experiment suite and unlike it’s predecessor, solar batteries capable of being recharged by the rays of the sun!
This new technology, first tested on ATMOS II, allowed the probe to continue operation long after regular batteries would have been depleted.
In addition to continuing the research into near Kerbin radioactivity, this probe also contained sensors for both dust sized micrometeorites and high energy particles.
The third mission in the series was the first to escape into interplanetary space. Still in progress it is expected to return to Kerbin later this year with a treasure trove of deep space data!
Voyager IV was destined to explore the region between Kerbin and Eve, however all communications ceased. The cause of the failure will likely never be known.
Sister to the ill fated Voyager IV this probe headed to Duna. It was aimed to impact on Duna’s moon Ike. Shortly after a minor course correct, contact with this probe was also lost. The program was suspended afterward, pending a thorough review.