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Re: AO-40 Sudden Death?



Deon

This happened back in 1996 to one of the UOSATs (French MoD CERISE
satellite) when it hit some space debris.

This unfortunate event was distinguished in that it was the first time this
had ever happened.

The sat and debris collided at 14km/sec (50,000km/h, 31,000mph).

Despite the vaporised center section, the satellite still continued to
function although was more than a bit wobbly.

The answer is: both very unlikely and very unlucky.

73 Howard G6LVB

----- Original Message -----
From: "Deon Erwin" <zr1dq@qsl.net>
To: "Amsat Reflector" <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Monday, December 18, 2000 3:44 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] AO-40 Sudden Death?


> Peter Guelzow gave us much needed hope with his explanation of events.
>
> How will one distinguish between equipment failure and AO-40 being hit by
a
> pea-sized rock travelling at 25000 km/h?
>
> What are the odds of such a disaster?
>
> Deon ZR1DQ
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