Astrophysics (index)

Kuiper Airborne Observatory

(infrared observatory-plane in the 1980s)

Kuiper Airborne Observatory (KAO) was an aircraft-mounted 36-inch reflector Infrared (IR) telescope in operation from 1974 through 1995. It was a modified Lockheed C141-A Starlifter. It replaced the earlier Galileo Observatory (Convair 990 that crashed) and was replaced afterward by SOFIA, a Boeing 747.

KAO discovered among other things, the rings of Uranus and identified Pluto's Atmosphere.


Referenced by:
Galileo Observatory