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OSCAR 5

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 1970-008B

Description

OSCAR 5 was a 43-x 30-x 15-cm rectangular prism with reflective stripping applied for temperature control. Four monopole antennae extended from the sides. The satellite carried two tracking beacon transmitters. It carried horizon sensors for determination of spin rate, and had a magnetic attitude stabilization control system. A command system was used to activate the satellite 10-m (29.450 MHz) beacon only on weekends (Friday AM to Monday AM). The seven-channel telemetry reported, by modulation of the beacon signals, the battery conditions, spacecraft temperatures, and horizon sensor responses. Several thousand transmissions were logged and formal telemetry reports received from more than 200 observers in over 25 countries.

Alternate Names

  • A-O-A
  • AMSAT OSCAR A
  • AO-5
  • Australis-OSCAR 5
  • OSCAR A
  • 04321

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1970-01-23
Launch Vehicle: Delta
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States
Mass: 15.8 kg

Funding Agencies

  • Unknown (Australia)
  • Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (International)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)

Discipline

  • Communications

Additional Information

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

 

Personnel

NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Mr. WiaProject ScientistUniversity of Melbourne 
Dr. Perry I. KleinGeneral ContactAMSAT Corporationpk@ieee.org
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