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Oscar 03


Designation 01293 / 65016F
Launch date 9 Mar 1965
Country of origin United States
Mission Telecommunications
Perigee/Apogee 874/902 km
Inclination 70.1°
Period 102.7 min
Launch vehicle Thor Agena D
Launch site Vandenberg

First Amateur satellite with solar power. First transponder. Transponder operational life 18 days (battery-limited). The 2 beacons operated for several months from the solar cells.

Technical data


Mass at launch 18 kg
Stabilization none
DC power 2.5 W: solar cells; battery

Transponder: 1W, 50kHz bandwidth, 146 MHz uplink, 144 MHz downlink (linear translator).

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