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Launch Date: 21 December 1965, Cape Kennedy, FL.
Orbit type: Elliptical, inclination 26 degrees, altitude 160 km/ 34000 km.
Stabilization: Spin generated by a spring on separation from launchvehicle.
Payloads: Transponder. Beacon (432 MHz).
Transponders: 144 MHz uplink, 432 MHz downlink, 3W, 10kHz BW.
Telemetry: none.
Antennas: Sleeve dipole (432), monopole (144) (Estimated from photos).
Power: 10 W solar cells, battery.

Notes: Intended for high-altitude (18,000 miles) circular orbit. Launch vehicle failure left it in an elliptical orbit with perigee 100 miles. Built by TRW Radio Club.

"The World Above 50 Mc", Sam Harris, W1FZJ, QST, February 1966, p. 81.
"The Satellite Experimenter's Handbook", 1st edition, Martin Davidoff, K2UBC, American Radio Relay League, Newington, CT, 1985.
"OSCAR at 25: The Amateur Space Program Comes of Age", Jan King, W3GEY, et al., QST, December 1986, p. 15.

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