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Re: AO40: status



If there is a leak anywhere inside AO40, it is just a big tin can with
lots of panels.  In such a cases usually one panel somewhere splits at the
seam. Once it splits, it relieves the pressure on all the others so that
no others will probably split.

Such a split seam of a panel along an edge with an underlying strut
structure would create an off-axis reaction, centered on the center of
mass, but along the outside edge.  A perfect way to spin up a 500 KG
spacecraft..

Just a thought...

de WB4APR@amsat.org, Bob

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