Re: Wrong Labeling of Cryosat Booster

From: Bjoern Gimle@GlocalNet (Gimle@GlocalNet)
Date: Wed Apr 14 2010 - 22:11:24 UTC

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    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Gerhard HOLTKAMP" <>
    To: <>
    Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7:24 PM
    Subject: Wrong Labeling of Cryosat Booster
    > While Spacetrack has label the newly launched Cryosat 2 (2010-013A) correctly
    > the objects 2010-013B (marked as SL-24 R/B) and and 2010-013C (marked as
    > SL-24 Deb) seemed to be named wrongly. Object B has a lower perigee (685 km)
    > than Cryosat while object C has a higher apogee (1120 km). At spacecraft
    > separation the protective shroud was let go slightly before Cryosat and
    > should have a lower perigee while the actual booster kept on firing after
    > releasing the payload and should have a higher apogee. So object C is the
    > booster while object B is the shroud (or debris).
    > Meanwhile our old friend Dana who spends his fifth winter at the South Pole
    > managed to take a picture of Cryosat itself (with resulting frostbites on his
    > fingers as the temperature was -73 deg C!).
    > Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    > Darmstadt, Germany
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