Posted by: projectoscar | March 19, 2008

OSCAR on display at Smithsonian

A full scale model of the original OSCAR satellite, built by Project OSCAR in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s and later launched in 1961 has been put on display at the Smithsonian’s Udvar Hazy Facility.

Housed in the new James S. McDonnell Space Hangar, opened for the first time on November 1, 2004,The facility was recently toured by Project OSCAR members Cliff Buttschard K7RR, Emily Clarke W0EEC and Eric Christiansen KF4OTN when they attended the AMSAT Space Symposium in October 2004. Unfortunately the new exhibit was not on display at that time.

OSCAR was joined by the thermal mass model of PCsat and an engineering model of NUSAT 1, built by students at several Utah universities.

The full scale model of the original OSCAR was donated to the Smithsonian by Project OSCAR in 1980 and previously appeared in exhibit in the Air and Space museum.

OSCAR on display at Smithsonian

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