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Re: opensource satellites

James Sharp <jsharp@psychoses.org> wrote:

>Any idea on how much power it would take to loft something
>the size of a cubesat into a LEO?
>I'd suspect something between a C10-3 model rocket engine
>and an Ariane 5.

One of the smaller commercial launch vehicles, Pegasus, has
capability of 455 kilos to LEO, and 125 kilos to GTO. The
fairing is 1.2 meters diameter and 1.9 meters long. You
could fit lots of Cubesats in there.

Reference: Space Mission Analysis & Design (2nd edition),
Table 18-4. For all the gory details you can download the
Pegasus user's guide from Orbital's web page.

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