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Ralphie and Sparky nanosats



Hi All

Found this information regarding Ralphie and Sparky nanosats on the net

That first burn of the Pratt & Whitney RL10 upper stage engine was
supposed to last seven minutes to reach an initial parking orbit around
Earth where a pair of university-built nanosatellites would be released
into space. The rocket motor was designed to extend its firing time to
compensate for any performance shortfalls experienced by the Common
Booster Cores, and it did that. But even through the stage fired much
longer than planned it still failed to reach a stable orbit, deploying
the nanosats into a suborbital trajectory that took them into the
atmosphere before completing a lap around the planet. 

Full article is at
http://spaceflightnow.com/delta/d310/050107sensors.html


73 Keith GU6EFB 

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