Re: An (old) curious observation

Thu, 15 Oct 1998 10:24:32 -0400

Orbcomm FM3 and FM4 were launched in a retrograde orbit (108 degrees) with
GFO and Celestis on a Taurus.

GFO was the promary payload.

Eric on 15-10-98 10:49:02 AM
 cc:      (bcc: Eric Rosenberg/OCCVA)                         
 Subject: Re: An (old) curious observation                    

I think I remember that Israel once launched a satellite into
a retrograde orbit to avoid trouble with its eastern neighbours
who might misunderstand a launch failure as a missile attack.
Another satellite in a retrograde orbit is the spanish MINISAT 01.
This one was launch with a Pegasus launcher from the Canary
Islands. Maybe it was launched retrograde to avoid debris
problems in Africa.