Satellite, OSO-1, Prototype
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- Ball Aerospace Systems Division
- This is an engineering prototype of Orbiting Solar Observatory 1 (OSO-1), the earliest of the spin stabilized scientific satellites. This object touted the ability of the satellite's systems to search out and lock onto a "solar" image. It demonstrated the sun-pointing capabilities of the satellite. It contains actual instruments in the octagonal spin section, and mock-ups in the pointed section, save for the photoelectric eye block. Ball Aerospace Systems Division restored this engineering prototype in 1982.
- Transferred from the NASA to the Museum in 1981.
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- Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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- Magnesium and aluminum alloys, optics, electronics, solar cells
- Overall: 3 ft. 1 in. tall x 10 ft. 6 in. wide, 415 lb. (94 x 320cm, 188.2kg)
- Other (spacecraft body): 3 ft. 1 in. tall x 3 ft. 8 in. diameter (94 x 111.8cm)
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
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