Lewis is spinning (bad)

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Tue, 26 Aug 1997 20:54:41


   NASA's Earth-orbiting Lewis spacecraft has entered a 
spin that has disrupted the spacecraft's power-
generating capability, raising the potential of the loss 
of the mission.
   Initial operations and check-out of Lewis were 
proceeding satisfactorily until telemetry received at 6 
a.m. EDT today at the mission's Chantilly, VA, control 
center indicated that the spacecraft was spinning at 
approximately two revolutions per minute.  Preliminary 
indications are that excessive thruster firing had 
occurred on one side of the spacecraft, causing it to 
spin when it should be stable on all three axes.

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Has anyone seen Lewis on a good pass ?