Re: Satellite designations in orbit - was re: Perseid/Stellafane/NOSS FAQ

Thu, 22 Aug 1996 23:39:22 -0400 (EDT)

On Thu, 22 Aug 1996, Philip Chien wrote:
> The key confusion is the TDRS series.  TDRS-A became TDRS-1 in orbit.  Fine.
> TDRS-B was lost in the Challenger accident.  TDRS-C was launched on STS-26,
> and presumably should have been renamed TDRS-2, however it wasn't - it was
> named TDRS-3.  So the designation TDRS-2 was never used, a contradiction of
> how all other NASA satellite series have been named.

Even more confusing, I see the same number used for different TDRS sats.
How is that explained?

Jay Respler
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