Simplesat deployed

From: Daniel Deak (dan.deak@sympatico.ca)
Date: Mon Aug 20 2001 - 11:40:17 PDT

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    Hi all,
    
    I just watched the Simplesat microsatellite being deployed from Discovery's
    payload bay. It happened ay 18:29 UT and it tumbled slowly at a rate of about 1
    rev per 4 minutes on its longitudinal axis. It even produced a nice slow flare,
    so there's a chance it can be seen naked eye leading the suttle since it will be
    in a lower orbit. It was ejected toward the ground at 5 ft/sec.
    
    The tumbling should be stopped sometimes early in the mission because it will
    test attitude control using GPS. It is supposed to take about two orbits to
    recharge its batteries.
    
    Cheers,
    
    Dan
    -- 
    Daniel Deak
    representant, projet spatial Starshine
    Drummondville, Quebec
    
    COSPAR site 1746 : 45.8537N, 72.4857W, 90 m., UTC-4:00
    
    Site en francais sur les satellites:
    French-language satellite web site : http://www.obsat.com
    
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