Re: Satellites launched into wrong orbit

From: Ralph McConahy (
Date: Fri Jul 13 2001 - 06:22:45 PDT

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    > Does anyone have anymore info on this story?:
    Here's part of the article:
    "Liftoff of the tenth Ariane 5 occurred right on schedule at 2158 GMT (5:58
    p.m. EDT) from the jungle launch site in Kourou, French Guiana, beginning a
    34-minute flight that was supposed to propel its dual-satellite cargo into
    an elliptical transfer orbit around Earth. The intended orbit featured a
    high point of 35,853 km, low point of 858 km and inclination of 2.0 degrees
    to either side of the equator.
    But a "defect" in the rocket's upper stage relegated the cargo to an orbit
    with a high point of only 17,528 km, a low point of 592 km and inclination
    of 2.9 degrees to the equator."
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