[amsat-bb] Dnepr Upper Stage Apogee

Andrew Glasbrenner glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Sat Jul 5 12:43:37 UTC 2014

You are not the only one to notice! All I can say at this point is that it is being investigated. However, the question of meeting orbital debris mitigation requirements remains.

73, Drew KO4MA

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> On Jul 5, 2014, at 8:28 AM, Paul Stoetzer <n8hm at arrl.net> wrote:
> 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.
> 73,
> Paul, N8HM
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