Re: Observation of Telstar

Bill Bard (
16 Jan 1997 09:43:54 -0500

Regarding Telstar 401 & Superbird A, are they of similar design? Are they =

normally a 3 axis stabilized satellite? If Telstar 401 was 3 axis 
stabilized and lost power, I would expect the momentum wheels to stop and =

the angular momentum to "passed" to the satellite body causing it to 
start spinning (ie just because it's spinning doesn't mean it had a fuel 

Bill Bard

From: Robert Sheaffer
Move over, Superbird A - here comes Telstar T401!