Re: STS-75 TSS Tether Break

Rob Matson (
26 Feb 1996 13:41:49 U

What amazes me about this whole experiment is the apparent lack of a recovery
mode for the single-point failure of the tether breaking.  How expensive was
the satellite?  I trust the only reason they can't attempt recapture of the
satellite is the danger posed by the trailing tether.  I can't believe they
wouldn't have included a pyro-device in the design to cut the cable at the
satellite-end!  Differential drag would soon separate the satellite from the
tether, allowing a safe Shuttle retrieval.  --Rob Matson