Re: Astra 1K

From: John locker (satcom@cybase.co.uk)
Date: Tue Dec 03 2002 - 06:37:20 EST

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    It's also interesting that one of the options mentioned is shuttle
    recovery.....I presume they mean "re-boost" as 1K will not fit into the
    payload bay AFAIK.
    
    
    John.
    
    > 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.
    >
    > Harro
    >
    > Harro.Zimmer@t-online.de
    > Berlin, Germany
    >
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