Telstar 18 & graveyard orbits

From: Laura Grego (lgrego@ucsusa.org)
Date: Tue Jul 06 2004 - 11:57:46 EDT

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    Apologies for being slightly off-topic, but I thought these two bits of news would be of interest:
     
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    From Loral's press release:
     
    "According to Sea Launch, the spacecraft separated from the rocket's upper stage prematurely and was placed into a lower than expected transfer orbit. However, current data indicates the satellite has sufficient on-board fuel to bring it to its final orbital position and exceed its 13-year specified life. Telstar 18 has deployed its solar arrays and all systems on the spacecraft are operating normally."
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    http://www.spacedaily.com/news/debris-04a.html
      
    New FCC Orbital Debris Rules Set New Standard for Disposing of Satellites
    By PETER B. de SELDING
    Space News Staff Writer 
    
    PARIS - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stepped into a years-long debate on orbital debris by ordering tough new measures governing how satellites are disposed of by their owners.
    
    Over the objections of several of the world's largest commercial satellite-fleet operators, the FCC ruled that all U.S.-licensed satellites launched after March 18, 2002, will have to be placed into so-called graveyard orbits between 200 and 300 kilometers above the geostationary arc, where most commercial satellites operate.
    
    The ruling, published June 21, will set a regulatory standard that will be difficult for other nations to avoid. 
    
    
    
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