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Advanced Orbiting Solar Observatory

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This object is on display in the Space Science exhibition at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

This is a full-scale engineering mockup of the Advanced Orbiting Solar Observatory (AOSO) representing its most complete configuration. This satellite was designed as a scaled-up counterpart to the Orbiting Solar Observatory series in the early 1960s. It was conceived as a free-flying, robotic, polar-orbiting satellite system capable of continuously monitoring the sun and near solar environment using an array of detectors and electronic imaging devices covering a broad frequency band from the x-ray to the visual range. Many of the scientific instruments planned for AOSO eventually were developed for the Skylab Apollo Telescope Mount, which flew in 1973.

The AOSO program was canceled in 1965, and this object was transferred to NASM by NASA in 1969.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

Republic Aviation Corporation

Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Materials

Aluminum sheet and bar stock

Dimensions

Overall: 4ft 12in. x 10ft 6in., 1075lb. (152.4 x 320cm, 487.6kg)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

SPACECRAFT-Unmanned

Inventory Number

A19700232000