Upcoming launches

Tony Beresford (starman@camtech.net.au)
Sun, 14 Feb 1999 18:54:58 +1030

I was looking at the description of the ARGOS payload
on Florida today site. A Ion thruster experiment takes most of the
mass ( about 450Kg or 1000 pounds). Quoted as using 26Kw of power.
Seems to imply a large solar array dont you think!!

Another payload sounds interesting ( USA). Its about using
X-ray pulsar observations for atitude determination.

Such a large surface area should make it easily visible.
The press release implies they will be looking for visual
effects of the thruster exhaust.
The launch is sun-synchronous into the  terminator zone.
The only thing is getting it off, they have been trying since Jan
Tony Beresford