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OAO - Orbiting Astronomical Observatory

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Class: Astronomy. Type: Visible. Nation: USA. Agency: NASA.

Orbiting Astronomical Observatory.


Specification

Total Mass: 2,027 kg.


OAO Chronology


08 April 1966 OAO 1 Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Vehicle: SLV-3 Atlas / Agena D. Mass: 1,774 kg. Perigee: 783 km. Apogee: 793 km. Inclination: 35.0 deg.

Orbiting Astronomical Observatory. Spacecraft engaged in research and exploration of the upper atmosphere or outer space (US Cat B).


07 December 1968 OAO 2 Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Vehicle: Atlas Centaur SLV-3C. Mass: 2,012 kg. Perigee: 749 km. Apogee: 758 km. Inclination: 35.0 deg.

Orbiting Astronomical Observatory; carried 11 telescopes; performed X-ray, UV, IR observations of stars. Spacecraft engaged in research and exploration of the upper atmosphere or outer space (US Cat B). Launch vehicle put payload into geosynchronous transfer orbit


30 November 1970 OAO-B Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Vehicle: Atlas Centaur SLV-3C. FAILURE: Shroud failed to separate. Mass: 2,121 kg.

Orbiting Astronomical Observatory. Launch vehicle was to have put payload into geosynchronous transfer orbit


21 August 1972 OAO 3 Launch Site: Cape Canaveral . Launch Vehicle: Atlas Centaur SLV-3C. Mass: 2,204 kg. Perigee: 713 km. Apogee: 724 km. Inclination: 35.0 deg.

UV observations of stellar objects. Spacecraft engaged in research and exploration of the upper atmosphere or outer space (US Cat B). Launch vehicle put payload into geosynchronous transfer orbit



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