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Nuts & Volts Magazine (September 2008)

Near Spacecraft Recovery Systems (Part 1)

By L. Paul Verhage    View In Digital Edition  

It’s awesome to receive data from your near spacecraft at an altitude of 85,000 feet. Moreover, chances are good that if the sky is clear, you’ll even see its balloon as a tiny white dot in the sky. At this altitude, the balloon is 20 feet across and expanding as it rises. Shortly though, that white dot in the sky disappears. Now it’s up to the recovery system to bring your near spacecraft safely home...


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