[amsat-bb] Re: satpc32 etc

Bob- W7LRD w7lrd at comcast.net
Sun Apr 28 11:44:33 PDT 2013

yep a low orbit for that block of aluminum . I was Googleing around trying to find out when and where it will deorbit. Will not that much mass make land fall? It would probably create a meteor like trail. Maybe our meteor scatter folks could make some use of that 8,377 block of aluminum. 
73 Bob W7LRD 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Alan" <wa4sca at gmail.com> 
To: "Bob- W7LRD" <w7lrd at comcast.net>, amsat-bb at amsat.org 
Sent: Sunday, April 28, 2013 6:02:31 AM 
Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] satpc32 etc 


Take a look at the orbit. 


-----Original Message----- 
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On 
Behalf Of Bob- W7LRD 
Sent: Sunday, April 28, 2013 12:34 AM 
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org 
Subject: [amsat-bb] satpc32 etc 

Thanks to many and Dave KB1PVH I can now input keps in my computer all by 
myself. I read this in the weekly AMSAT bulletins 

The Castor 30 second stage motor, built by ATK, ignited for a burn lasting 
two-and-a-half minutes, accelerating the rocket to more than 17,000 mph. 
Engineers declared the rocket reached orbit, and the upper stage deployed a 
8,377-pound block of aluminum designed to mimic the mass characteristics of 
Cygnus spacecraft, which will take the dummy 
payload's place on the next Antares 

Why does this want me to pull out what little hair I have left?? 8,377Lbs! 
I'm sure I am missing something, what did AO-40 weigh? 
73 Bob W7LRD 

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