Re: PAM-D piece recovered after decay

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Mon May 07 2001 - 21:25:34 PDT

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    Harro wrote:
    
    > "The Orbital Debris Quarterly News" ... reports that a large 
    > piece of 1993-032C ... was recovered in Saudi Arabia.... 
    
    Many thanks to Harro for posting this!  There's a link from this 
    story to one that has good photos of the tank from 23852/96-024B 
    that landed near a farmhouse about 50 km north of here in 1997.  
    Somehow I had missed that story and was very interested in the 
    new one also.  Here's a link to the older story:
    
     http://orbitaldebris.jsc.nasa.gov/newsletter/v2i2/v2i2-2.html#news4
    
    It includes this statement:
    
    > After delivering its MSX payload to a 902 x 911 km, sun-
    > synchronous orbit, the rocket body was commanded to perform a 
    > propellant-depletion burn which moved the vehicle into a 207 
    > by 860 km orbit. 
    
    I don't remember hearing that Deltas do depletion burns and wonder 
    if it would be even remotely possible to see one.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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