Re: Phoenix objects

From: George Olshevsky (
Date: Fri Aug 10 2007 - 23:18:43 EDT

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    On 8/10/07, Jonathan McDowell <> wrote:
    > The second stage clamp band is another story: based on the Delta press kits,
    > you'd expect two clamp band halves cataloged for EVERY three-stage
    > Delta launch, but this never happens. Is anyone familiar enough with
    > the vehicle to definitely confirm that the clamp band halves really
    > are released into orbit? It is possible that there is a mechanism
    > on the second stage to keep them attached, as on some other vehicles.
    > If they are released, why are they never tracked?
    Perhaps they attain orbit only when the second stage itself is
    orbited? And perhaps in those instances they stay up only for a few
    days, not long enough to be tracked and catalogued?
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