OAO B [NASA]
OAO B (Orbiting Astronomical Observatory B) was one of a series of automated astromonical observatories which were ground controlled in orientation and were placed in a low earth orbit.
The experiments gathered for the unsuccessful OAO-B were called the Goddard Experiments Package, after rocket pioneer Robert Goddard. This spacecraft carried a moderate resolution scanning spectrometer system using a relatively fast 38-in. cassegrain telescope to determine composition and properites of early (types A and B) stars, as well as properties of variable stars and peculiar B stars using absolute spectrophotometric data (1000-4000 Å with 2 Å resolution). Optical system was to use a relatively fast 36 inch cassegrain telescope with a large aperture spectrophotometer. Six photomultipliers were to be used in a pulse-counting mode for data recovery.
This mission failed when the payload shroud of the Atlas-SLV3C Centaur-D rocket failed to separate.
|Type / Application:||Astronomy, UV|
|Contractors:||Grumman Aerospace Corp.|
|Power:||2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries|
|OAO B (Goddard)||1970-F09||30.11.1970||CC LC-36B||F||Atlas-SLV3C Centaur-D|