Re: Orbview 4 Launch Failure

From: Allen Thomson (
Date: Fri Sep 21 2001 - 22:56:47 EDT

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    > Orbital says the rocket did recover on its own and flew the rest
    > of its mission as planned.
    Astonishing if true. The flight control system must be extremely robust,
    or the circumstances of the accident very lucky.
    > The OrbView-4 and QuikTOMS satellites were deployed from the
    > upper stage and reentered the Earth's atmosphere without completing
    > an orbit of Earth. Impact occurred in the Indian Ocean.
    Another illustration of why ILAMs are in the best interests of everyone.  If
    reentry had occurred a little later, the payloads would have come down in
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