Re: Iridium 09 decayed

From: Tony Beresford (aberesford@iprimus.com.au)
Date: Tue Mar 11 2003 - 23:42:57 EST

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    At 04:07 12/03/03, Bill_T_Bard@raytheon.com wrote:
    
    >Is this the first Iridium to decay? How long ago was it commanded into its
    >decaying orbit?
    
    No it isnt Bill, Iridiums 27, 48 79, 85 have already decayed.
    I believe Iridium 9 failed at launch and was never commandable.
    It was left in the initial parking orbit, some hundreds of km
    below the operational 790km height.
    Tony Beresford
    
    
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