GE-1 - was Re: NEWLY DISCOVERED SYNC FLASHER

Philip Chien (kc4yer@amsat.org)
Tue, 29 Jul 1997 02:46:28 -0400

At 19:48 97/7/27 -0400, Jay Respler wrote:
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>>96- 54 A 97-07-12 03:37:42   JHR  60   2     3 20     mag 11.8-12.3
>>Az220,El35
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to which Ron Lee replied:

>This is GE-1.    Is it supposed to be spin stabilized?

Nope.  GE-1, like most high power hybrid comsats is three axis stabilized.
To be exact it's an A2100 model, the standard top-of-the-line comsat bus
from Lockheed Martin Astrospace (formerly Martin Marietta Astrospace,
formerly RCA Astrospace, formerly ...)

It has a fairly large body (I can look up the dimensions if anybody's
interested) plus two large solar panels (ditto) which track the Sun.

The satellite's located at 103 West and *A LOT* of people would notice if
it lost stability.  Among other things the satellite is the location of
almost all of the NBC Ku feeds.



Philip Chien [M1959.05.31/31.145//KC4YER@amsat.org]