ATEx Jettisoned Prematurely

Trey Spetch (spetched@nro.mil)
Sun, 17 Jan 1999 00:43:55 -0500

To our team's great disappointment, the ATEx tether pair was inadvertantly
jettisoned from the STEX spacecraft after deploying only 21 meters.  The
jettison was triggered by an automatic protection mechanism designed to save
the spacecraft if the tether began to stray from it's expected departure
angle.  We are investigation possible causes for the failure.

Trey Spetch