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AMC 14 Failure identified


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#81 OFFLINE   spear61

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 09:53 AM

If you'll calculate addidional time to change inclination from 19 degree to 0, then perhaps add another 2 years.


Eccentricity and inclination have also been steadily decreasing so everthing comes together.

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#82 OFFLINE   James Long

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 10:02 AM

Looks like this is credible evidence of the sale.

http://google.space....oe=windows-1252

SES filed a total-loss claim and expects to receive its $151 million share of the settlement by the end of June. EchoStar Corp. of Englewood, Colo., owned a minority stake in AMC-14 and will receive a payment of around $40 million.

I'm sure Echostar would rather have use of the satellite ... but at least it wasn't a total loss.

So what is the government going to do with it?

It would be nice to think they would play with it for a while, get it in a usable orbit, and sell it to someone who needs it. But that's probably too logical. :)

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 10:16 AM

Now that the gov owns it, perhaps a shuttle mission could place it into another orbit??

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 10:22 AM

The physics have not changed. Getting the shuttle and AMC-14 at the same altitude is the first problem. Besides, with the limited number of shuttle launches left I doubt if they would want to spend the time on it.

It wasn't the ownership that was preventing a shuttle rescue. :)

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 09:03 PM

For the cost of a shuttle mission, couldn't one buy several new satellites rather than fixing up orbiting space junk?
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Posted 23 June 2008 - 09:52 PM

For the cost of a shuttle mission, couldn't one buy several new satellites rather than fixing up orbiting space junk?


Give that person the prize! Even at the cost of a sidebar on a shuttle mission, I bet you'd be able to get a satellite built and launched. And maybe a ground spare to boot. :)

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 06:39 PM

Now that the gov owns it, perhaps a shuttle mission could place it into another orbit??


OMG

The odds of getting the shuttle out to AMC-14 are just slightly better than the odds of my Bengals winning a Super Bowl in my life-time.

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 06:41 AM

Anybody know what ever happened to this thing?
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Posted 21 September 2008 - 07:09 AM

When the shuttle services the Hubble Telescope it is at the very edge of it's operating envelope... about 400 miles above earth. The Clarke Belt (where the sats live) is about 22,000 miles above earth. Even if AMC 14 was stuck at 10,000 miles the shuttle still couldn't get anywhere near it.

So, any "shuttle rescue" mission is just simply impossible.

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 09:54 AM

Anybody know what ever happened to this thing?


Perigee is still gaining altitude, about 9,000 km since June.

Epoch (UTC): 03:33:33, Saturday, September 20, 2008
Eccentricity: 0.1204988
Inclination: 15.8758°
Perigee height: 26934 km
Apogee height: 36062 km
Right Ascension of ascending node: 134.4715°
Argument of perigee: 31.8419°
Revolutions per day: 1.17772066
Mean anomaly at epoch: 346.8389°
Orbit number at epoch: 313

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Posted 22 September 2008 - 12:07 PM

So what is the government going to do with it?


Kinetic Force anti-spy satellite ;) The beauty of these things is that the sats own mass is all that's needed.
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