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OAST Flyer



OAST Flyer (NASA's Office of Aeronautical and Space Technology Flyer) is an American minispacecraft that was released from the shuttle STS 72. It carried 4 experimental packages: to measure spacecraft contamination levels at low-earth orbits, to test GPS equipment, to test amateur radio gear, and finally to determine the effects of solar radiation on the explosives aboard satellite systems.

Alternate Names

  • 23763
  • OASTFlyer

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1996-01-11
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology (United States)


  • Navigation/Global Positioning
  • Communications
  • Solar Physics

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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