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Re: ao-40 balance





In normal conditions, if you have a spin stabilized satellite you must
keep it balanced, so I guess fuel is spent in equal quantities from
all the fuel tanks at the same time, so as to maintain balance.

 C. Martins
 CT3KD

On Mon, 27 Nov 2000, Ricardo Denis wrote:

> 
> hi,
> 
> just today i was driving around and one of my wheels lost a lead counter 
> balance slug...you know, the ones that keep the tires balanced and 
> vibration free at speed. well it occured to me that after firing the 400N 
> engine on ao-40, at least one of its fuel tanks would become "lighter" (ie 
> less massive) because of the fuel spent. since ao-40 is spining, how is the 
> satellite kept in a balanced spin after repeated firings so that it doesn't 
> wobble and so that the firing of the 400N engine can be accurate? btw, 
> who/what applied the initial spin on the satellite, the arianne rocket or 
> ao-40 itself? thanks for any info.
> 
> 73 de rick
> 
> 
> Donde esta Ricky? http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/find.cgi?hr2kos-14
> 
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