Re: (Very) bright geosync satellite

Nick Quinn (nick@nquinn.demon.co.uk)
Sun, 21 Jul 1996 21:25:07 GMT

In message <m0ui0uo-0000fJC@ermail01.btx.dtag.de> R.Kracht@t-online.de (Rainer Kracht) writes:
> >Date: Sat, 20 Jul 1996 18:46:23 -0400 (EDT)
> Just found :"Maiden flight of Titan-4/Centaur launch vehicle carried
> first Milstar-1 military communications satellite, also called DFS 1
> (Development Flight Satellite) and USA 99. Satellite structure is a
> series of boxes with a total length of 47 metres and a span over the two
> solar panel vanes of 106 metres: mass quoted above [4670 kg] includes
> propellant." (from Worldwide Satellite Launches prepared by Phillip S.
> Clark)

In 'Flight International' (UK) issue 5-11 June 1996, Tim Furniss' 'Military 
Satellite Directory' has an artist's impression of this satellite. The text 
gives launch of DFS 1 as 7 Feb 94, and DFS 2 as 6 Nov 95. Unfortunately no 
orbital positions are given.

Clear skies, Nick.

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