Re: Upcoming launches

Mike DiMuzio (
Sun, 14 Feb 1999 19:31:59 +0000

Tony Beresford wrote:
> 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!!
	The Deep Space 1 web page claims that its ion
engine uses 2100 watts, so ARGOS' is over 10 times larger.
I'm not sure how large DS1's solar arrays are, but they are also
an experimental design, supposedly with an efficiency of 22%.


41.087N  80.722W 330 meters

Mike DiMuzio