[amsat-bb] Re: ARRL Sat Article

Greg D. ko6th_greg at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 30 20:49:21 PST 2009

Great article!

But a question that has always nagged me...  Perhaps someone on the BB knows the answer?

I understand that the early Oscars got their ride into space by replacing a piece of concrete (or similar dead weight material) with our satellite.  That's why they have the shape that they do (looking like a segment of a ring).

But what about the antenna?  Was it deployed after launch, or did it ride into space already sticking out the side?  An on-orbit deploy would have been excessively complicated for that era (it's even difficult today!), but I can't see something like that surviving launch intact, either.

Anybody know?

Greg  KO6TH

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