The $750 million UARS spacecraft was launched in 1991 aboard NASA's space shuttle Discovery to study ozone and other chemical compounds in Earth's atmosphere. Since that time, international standards and best practices for dealing with a spacecraft's end of life have been put in place.
"Now, they have to save enough fuel to either put the satellite in a graveyard orbit or guide it back in" to Earth in a controlled manner, Samson told SPACE.com. "That wasn't actually standard operating procedure back then."
SmokingGunII wrote:The shit continues.......they have "twins" in space now.
A Delta rocket sent the Grail twins on their way. Its launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station occurred at 09:08 EDT (13:08 GMT; 14:08 BST).
The journey to the Moon is a slow cruise, however. The duo is not expected to enter into orbit until the turn of the year.
Launch date July 16, 1969 13:32:00 UTC
Lunar landing July 20, 1969 20:17:40 UTC
simonshack wrote:Am I missing something?
chuck22 wrote:I have first hand knowledge that indeed bring the notion of satellites into question. When I worked on radios in the Marine Corps, we had many antennas to work with, to include satellite antennas. When we were training on a new system with a new vhf antenna, we stumbled upon a glitch if you will. We were able to receive satellite communications on this new antenna. Ooops. Satellites are indeed a scam! What they really are: Coding/Decoding transmitters utilizing algorithms to code and decode particular frequency bands. In fact, if you've ever terminated a contract with a satellite tv carrier, you might have had to take this gizmo off of the dish and turn it in. I couldn't tell you exactly what frequency range it is utilizing, but I can tell you that it is distorted by weather patterns such as rain. I believe it would be in the HF band though, which is long range capable and more feasible from the perspective of profit.
nonhocapito wrote:I think you have to explain a little better this post. You say that "satellites are a scam" but then it seems that you are just talking about satellite TV.
Also can you please elaborate on these transmitters you talk about. Do you suppose they are in fact in orbit, or are they -as it has been suggested previously on this thread- located on land and sending a signal that bounces off the stratosphere?
Also i don't follow exactly how receiving non-encoded satellite signals by accident as it happened to you (I imagine you mean TV satellites signals) makes the satellites in general a scam. I was under the assumption that the presence of a decoder of the signal is the reason why they can make you pay for it. It goes without saying that there must be ways around it. The real question we are discussing in this thread is whether it would be possible for satellites to not even be real. Which would leave us with the need to explain a number of technical solutions, from gps to weather monitoring to satellite phones and tv.
chuck22 wrote:I say again: Satellites need not exist to accomplish communications for all of these mediums.
chuck22 wrote:Pull out your own telescope and you'll be able to confirm that there are no satellites. Radio waves run the show with encryption plus triangulation in conjunction for GPS. All such proprietary systems are set up for streams of income.
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