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Sirio Press Kit

Sirio Press Kit

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NASA
News
National Aeronautics andSpace AdministrationWashington,
D
C
20546
AC
202
755-8370
For
Release
IMMEDIATE
Press
Kit
RELEASE NO:
77-152
Contents
GENERAL RELEASE....................................
1-5
STRAIGHT-EIGHT DELTA STATISTICS....................
6-7
LAUNCH OPERATIONS..................................
8
MAJOR
DELTA
SIR10
FLIGHT EVENTS....................
9
CNR MANAGEMENT.....................................
10
DELTA/SIRIO LAUNCH TEAM............................
10-11
CONTRACTORS........................................
11
Mailed:
July
28,
1977
 
National Aeronautics andSpace AdministrationWashington.
D
C
20546
AC
202
755-8370
David GarrettHeadquarters, Washington, D.C.(Phone:
202/755-3090)
Fc
lr
Release
IMMEDIATEJoseph McRobertsGoddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.(Phone:
301/982-4955)
RELEASE NO:
77-152
NASA
TO
LAUNCH
SIRIO COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE FOR ITALYThe first Italian experimental communications satellite,SIRIO, is being readied
for
launch Aug.
17
from Launch Com-plex
17,
Eastern Test Range (ETR) at NASA's Kennedy SpaceCenter, Fla., on a Delta launch vehicle. The launch windowis
7:40
to 9:00 p.m. EDT.The satellite will be placed in synchronous orbit overthe equator just south of the west coast of Africa at
15
degreesW.longitude. From this position it will be able tocarry out various scientific experiments in the telecommuni-cations field.-more-Mailed:July
28, 1977
 
-2-
The principal experiment is designed for study of thepropagation characteristics
of
radio waves transmitted atsuper high frequencies
(SHF)
during adverse weather condi-tions including rain, snow and fog.In addition to experimenting with various types oftechnical transmissions, the Italians will acquire expertisein advanced space technology while developing a
low
cost "bus"for future communications tests.
A
whole segment of Italianindustry interested in space technology worked on the space-craft and is expected to use the acquired experience infuture international space programs. The name SIRIO, whichis Italian for SIRIUS the dog star, is also an acronym forindustrial research oriented Italian satellite
--
SatelliteItalian0 Ricerca Industriale Orientata.From its initial on-station position, SIRIO will trans-mit voice, data and television in the
SHF
range from Europeto North America. The use of the
SHF
frequencies
is
becomingnecessary due to overcrowding
of
conventional frequency bands.SIRIO is
1.4
meters (4.6 feet) in diameter,
2
m
(6.5
ft.) in height including the apogee boost motor
(ABM)
andweighs
398
kilograms
(880
pounds) including the
ABM.
-more-

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