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Oscar 10

Also called AO-10 or Phase 3B


Designation 14129 / 83058B
Launch date 16 Jun 1983
Country of origin Germany
Mission Telecommunications
Perigee/Apogee 4007/35442 km
Inclination 27.2°
Period 699.5 min
Launch vehicle Ariane L06
Mass at launch 155 kg

First amateur satellite with onboard propulsion. The booster bumped Oscar 10 shortly after separation which damaged one or more of its antennas and also caused other internal injuries because the second and subsequent kick motor firings never happended. This left the spacecraft in a lower inclination elliptical orbit. This meant that the bird didn't have the intended operational coverage nor enough solar panel illumination to sustain full operations.

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Technical data


Prime contractor  
Mass at launch  
Mass in orbit  
Solar array  
Stabilization Magnetorquer
DC power 50 W (2 NiCd batteries)
Design lifetime  

General beacon 145.809 MHz (unmodulated carrier)
Engineering beacon 145.987 MHz (switched off)
Mode B uplink 435.030 - 435.180 MHz (SSB, CW)
Mode B downlink 145.825 - 145.975 MHz (SSB, CW, inverting)

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