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Re: AO-07, orbit 26364, Mode B

 Michael Fletcher writes:

> Also, looking at an old photo of AO-07,
> it looks like the 10 m antenna was 
> spring loaded inside the s/c with pyro-
> cutters to release it ? 


> Also wondering if there was some kind of 
> gravity boom experiment embedded in this ;-)

No weights on the ends. Stabilisation was provided by bar magnets in the
same plane as the 10m dipole. Attitude will (still) be with the 10m dipole
parallel to the earth's surface and running north-south when passing over 
the equator. The magnets flip the spacecraft over when passing over the
north and south poles.

Richard W L Limebear G3RWL
FOC # 1188

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