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Oval (AUOS-Z-R-O #1)

Oval [Yuzhnoye]

Oval (also known as AUOS-Z-R-O or Kosmos 900) was a Soviet low earth orbiting satellite launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome on a Kosmos-3M booster.

Onboard were a number of space physics instruments:

  • High-Frequency Electron Temperature Probe
  • Differential Energy Spectrometer
  • Differential Low Energy Spectrometer
  • Relativistic Proton and Electron Counter
  • Auroral Photometer
  • Flat Retarding Potential Analyzer
  • Spherical Ion Trap with Floating Potential
  • Cylindrical Electrostatic Probe
  • Panoramic Electrostatic Spectrometer
Nation: USSR
Type / Application: Science
Contractors: Yuzhnoye
Configuration: AUOS-Z
Power: 8 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 6 months
Mass: 1056 kg
Orbit: 455 km × 519 km, 82.95
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Kosmos 900 (AUOS-Z-R-O #1, Oval) 1977-023A 29.03.1977 Pl LC-132/2 Kosmos-3M

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