Astra 1K

From: Harro Zimmer (
Date: Tue Dec 03 2002 - 05:38:00 EST

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    It seems a little bit OT but is is very interesting.
    I saw today the fresh draft version of the SPACEWARN Bulletin 589
    and found - if I understand it correct - a very different
    explanation for ASTRA 1K failure:
    " ASTRA 1K....was launched by a Proton-K rocket at 23:04 UT
    on 25 November 2002. However, the DM-3 booster attached to the
    5 5.0 tonne, 13 kW spacecraft..... was  p r e m a t u r e l y 
    commanded to separate, resulting in the spacecraft at a
    very low orbit......"
    At this time ASTRA 1K is in a stable 268/306 km orbit.
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