Re: Astra 1K

Date: Wed Dec 04 2002 - 03:38:46 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.
    the satellite does not have to fit in the payload bay.  They could
    strap a booster to the satellite to send it on its way to geostationary
    With the expense of a shuttle mission and hardware like a booster,
    I figure why bother.  Just let Astra 1K decay and use the insurance
    proceeds to build another satellite.
    Robert Smathers  -  Albuquerque, New Mexico USA 
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