[amsat-bb] More On SpaceX Mishap / bad day for Galileo too

g0mrf at aol.com g0mrf at aol.com
Sat Aug 23 08:21:30 UTC 2014

It seems SpaceX weren't the only people to suffer problems this week.
The European launch of two Galileo satellites appeared to be nominal until the final orbit was examined.
From the keps on Celestrack it looks as though the satellites which are supposed to be in medium Earth orbit around 23,000km have been separated into an elliptical orbit with an apogee at 26,000 and a perigee at 14,000km.
This suggests that the satellites are passing into the upper region of the Van Allen radiation belts.
I'm not aware of any significant propulsion on board other than manoeuvring thrusters.

Would have been a nice ride share though.

David  G0MRF
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