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Oscar 06

Also called AO-06 or Phase 2A


Designation 06236 / 72082B
Launch date 15 Oct 1972
Country of origin United States
Mission Telecommunications
Perigee/Apogee 1446/1452 km
Inclination 102°
Period 114.9 min
Launch vehicle  
Launch site Vandenberg

First complex control system (discrete logic). First satellite-satellite communication (via Oscar 07). Demonstrated Doppler-location of ground stations for search and rescue. Demonstrated low-cost medical data relay from remote locations.

End of life

Out of service 21 Jun 1977
Cause Battery failure

Technical data


Stabilization Passive magnetic
DC power 5.5 W (NiCd battery)

1 W downlink, 435 MHz beacon

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