Re: GE-1 - was Re: NEWLY DISCOVERED SYNC FLASHER

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Tue, 29 Jul 1997 11:05:31 -0600 (MDT)

Thanks Philip,  I assumed you would answer this question.  Since
it is 3-axis stabilized, why would it exhibit characteristics
associated with spinning/tumbling?

Ron Lee

>At 19:48 97/7/27 -0400, Jay Respler wrote:
>>>
>>>96- 54 A 97-07-12 03:37:42   JHR  60   2     3 20     mag 11.8-12.3
>>>Az220,El35
>>>
>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.
>
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>
>Philip Chien [M1959.05.31/31.145//KC4YER@amsat.org]
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