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Orbiscal 1 (P68-1)

Orbiscal 1 was small satellite to investigate hyper-efficient propagation paths for ionospheric communications.

Orbiscal 1 carried radio beacons operating at 13.23 and 8.98 MHz, which were used by ground station personnel to study unusual transmission by radio waves through the ionosphere.

The satellite failed to reach orbit. The Orbiscal experiment was later reflown on OV1 17A (Orbiscal 2).

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Experimental
Operator: USAF STP (Space Test Program)
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Mass: 30 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Orbiscal 1 (P68-1) 1968-F07 16.08.1968 Va SLC-3E F Atlas-SLV3 Burner-2 with OV5 8, Gridsphere 1, Gridsphere 2, Mylar Balloon, Rigidsphere, LCS 3, LIDOS, RM 18 & UVR, Radcat, SECOR 11, SECOR 12
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