[amsat-bb] Re: Can we get them to fix AO-40 first then?

Fri Oct 16 04:56:56 PDT 2009


The Politically Correct term is "Propulsion Incident."  More seriously,
there were almost certainly cables and wires with damaged insulation which
nevertheless worked fine where they were.  Now imagine them flexing or being
disturbed, as would be the case if they attempted to deploy the solar
arrays.  For that matter, suppose only one array deployed.  That would have
prevented the spin stabilization which was being used.  There were a lot of
hard choices made, but they were done with considerable thought and with the
benefit of much experience and consultation.


-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Michael Tondee
Sent: 14 October, 2009 20:32
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Can we get them to fix AO-40 first then?

I guess I need to go back and read the archives because what I remember 
reading didn't give me any hope AO-40 would ever be back. Wasn't there 
something about that they believed the spacecraft was leaking corrosive 
fuel? Doesn't sound to conducive to any type of recovery of anything 
where electronics are involved.. I also thought there was talk of a 
"catastrophic explosion".
Michael, W4HIJ
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