re: TELSTAR 303

Philip Chien (
Sun, 21 Feb 1999 23:59:53 -0500

Kevin Fetter <> said:

>Telstar 303 has gone to the graveyard.
>1 15826U 85048D   99045.49643184  .00000108  00000-0  00000+0 0  1476
>2 15826   2.8271  76.9152 0001996 203.8257 265.5330  0.99870759 29735
>This sat was parked at 120 west, and I had used it as a refrence point it
>trying to find the milstar 1,which is also parked at 120 west. Now that it
>is gone I hope I will be able to spot milstar 1 more easily, as I have not
>been able
>to spot it.
>I wonder if this satellite will start to flash now that is no lorger a geo

not too likely.

a)  It's a fairly small satellite (about 8 ft. diameter)

b)  It's cylindrical and spin-stabilized.

So it shouldn't look too much differently as a space derelict as an active
satellite.  The big flashers (Telstar 401, Superbird) are much larger
satellites and have widespread solar wings.  When they fail they almost
certainly start to spin (or tumble) and when the solar arrays catch the sun
just right they flash.

Philip Chien, KC4YER
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