Interesting payload for Delta 3

From: Daniel Deak (
Date: Mon Aug 21 2000 - 13:24:19 PDT

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    Hi all,
    The next Delta 3 launch scheduled for Aug. 23 at 11:00 UT from Cape
    Canaveral will carry a payload that could be of special interest to
    visual satellite observation. Here's an excerpt from Florida Today :
    "The payload was painted with
          alternating white and black stripes on its midsection, and alternating black
          and white pie-shaped triangles on the satellite’s top plate. Reflective
          surfaces also have been added to provide laser cross-section targets at
          both visible and infrared wavelengths."
    The whole story is here :
    and an image can be found here :
    It looks like an adapter I use on my turntables to play my records
    backwards  :-)
    Daniel Deak
    Drummondville, Quebec
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