[amsat-bb] Dnepr Upper Stage Apogee

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Sat Jul 5 12:28:46 UTC 2014

Good morning,

I noticed that after the last Dnepr launch, it's upper stage was raised 
to an apogee of 1454 km, putting it in a 1454 km x 609 km orbit with a 
97.9 degree inclination, in order to avoid collision with any of the 37 
satellites it released.

Would it be possible for a future amateur satellite to be deployed AFTER 
the Dnepr completes it's final burn to take advantage of that high 
apogee? This would provide service similar to FO-29 with opportunities 
for intercontinental communications every few months.


Paul, N8HM

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