[amsat-bb] Re: Oldest working orbiting satellite? Todays quiz!
tom at bloomington.com
Thu Nov 4 11:57:12 PDT 2010
Wait a minute! The moon is probably 4 to 4.5 billion years old, and is still operational ;-)
On Nov 4, 2010, at 2:23 PM, Tony Langdon <vk3jed at gmail.com> wrote:
> At 03:43 AM 11/5/2010, Chris Bloy wrote:
>> Hi Robert,
>>>> Non-working Amateur Satellite still in-orbit? (AO-13?)
>>> Oscar III...then Oscar V...Oscar V has no chance of coming back to life, it
>> was battery powered.. III? I dont think that there were enough solar cells
>> on it to actually power the bird, but I could be >wrong. I do listen for
> As I said in my last message, I'd have to check. ;)
>>>> Non-working commercial sat? Vanguard-1?
>>> Yes. Technically the rocket body is older but that is the oldest in orbit
>> Technically the R/B isn't a satellite??
> The R/B _is_ a satellite if it's in orbit around the Earth, and it's
> non functional - it became non functional when it finished its job of
> putting the satellite into its orbit. :)
>> "The record holder appears to be ATS-3 still nominally operational after an
>> amazing 41 years!"
> That's impressive!
>> That's a record we want AO-7 to break isn't it?
> Would be nice. :)
> 73 de VK3JED / VK3IRL
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