More on FSW-1

J.M.Marchant (jmm@ukc.ac.uk)
Thu, 30 Nov 1995 11:07:02 +0000

Thanks for the welcome Jim,

According to AW, FSW-1 should survive reentry because "although out of
control in space, once reentry begins, the vehicle's centre of gravity
and aerodynamic shape should orient it properly for descent". So it'll
naturally rotate to heat-shield-down attitude at reentry.

The article also carries a few illustrations of the craft; the best way
to describe its appearance is as a large smooth silver thimble. The only 
mention of size is when they refer to it as being "about the size and shape 
of a Volkswagen beetle", and in the photo it looks about 2m in diameter
(assuming a Long March 2 upper stage is about 3m in diameter).

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