RE: Large number of debris objects from Delta 4 Rocket

From: Ted Molczan (molczanseesat@rogers.com)
Date: Fri Nov 17 2006 - 05:37:04 EST

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    Bill Bard wrote:
    
    > I would suspect the failure mechanism to be overpressure. 
    > Perhaps the relief valves had some problem?
    
    In the event that the cause cannot be determined with whatever telemetry may
    have been received, perhaps XSS-11 (28636 / 05011A) could rendezvous and obtain
    useful imagery. 
    
    On the date of the launch of 06050B, XSS-11's plane would have been about 7 deg
    to the east, based upon the last orbit known to hobbyists:
    
    XSS-11           1.0  0.6  0.0  7.5 v
    1 28636U 05011A   06254.67458937  .00000030  00000-0  15318-4 0    06
    2 28636  98.6413 262.2161 0012000  15.7213 344.2786 14.15658038    05
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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