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OV3-2 was a small spin stabilized solar cell powered satellite instrumented for direct studies of the ionosphere and trapped radiation. The spacecraft was an octagonal cylinder 74 cm long and 74 cm across the points. It was powered by n-p solar cells, located on the octagon panels, and nickel cadmium batteries. PAM/FM/FM telemetry and turnstile antenna were employed. The spacecraft systems included a command receiver, tape recorder, and sun sensors and magnetometers for aspect measurements. The spacecraft was built by Space General Corp. for AFCRL.

Alternate Names

  • 02517

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1966-10-28
Launch Vehicle: Scout
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States
Mass: 81 kg

Funding Agency

  • Department of Defense-Department of the Air Force (United States)


  • Space Physics
  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Dr. Dieter K. Bilitza



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Mr. J. F. Geary, Jr.General ContactPhillips Laboratory (nee USAF Geophysics Lab, nee Cambridge Labs)
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