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Symphonie Delta 106 Press Kit

Symphonie Delta 106 Press Kit

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NATIONAL
AERONAUTICS
AND
SPACE
ADMINISTRATION
'Washington,
D.
C.
20546202-755-8370
FOR
RELEASE:
December
12,
1974
POEL2ASE
O:
74-316
PROJECT:
SYMPHONIE/DELTA
106
contents
GENERAL
RELEASE
...............................
1-4
DELTA
2914
LAUNCH
VEHICLE
......................
5
SEQUENCE
OF
EVENTS
.............................
6
MAJOR
DELTA
106SYM1PHONIE
FLIGHT
EVENTS.........7
LAUNCH
OPERATIONS
..............................
8
SYMPIHONIE/DELTA
106
TEAM.
......................
8-9
K4
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T
 
NATIONAL
AERONAUTICS
AND
SPACE
ADMINISTRATION
Washington,
D.
C.
20546
(Phone:
202/755-8370)
FOR
RELEASE:
December
12,
1974
NicholasPanagakosHeadquarters,Washington,
D.C.(Phone:
202/755-3680)
JosephMcRobertsGoddardSpace
FliqhtCenter,Greenbelt,
Md.
(Phone:
301/982-4955)RELEASE
NO:
74-316
SYMPHONIE
SET
FORDECEMBER
17
LAUNCHNASAwill
launch
the
first
French/Germancommunications
satelliteaboard
a
Delta
rocketfrom
Kennedy
Space
Center,
Fla,
about
Dec.
17.
The
launch
marks
the
44th
time
that
a
non-NASAgroup
has
purchased
a
Delta
and
completelaunch
servicesfrom
the
spaceagency.
Called
Symphonie,
the
experimentalsatellitewill
testand
demonstratecommunicationsequipment
for
television,
radio,
tele-phone,
telegraph
and
data
transmission.The
spacecraftwill
provide
the
equivalent
oftwo
channels
of
colortelevision
transmission
and
eigitvoicechannels,
or1,200
telephone
circuits.
-more-
December
5,
1974
 
-2-
Traveling
at
a
speedthat
maintains
its
position
in
relation
to
the
Earth's
surface,
Symphoniewill
be
located
35,900
kilometers
(22,
300
miles)
over
the
equator
at11.5
degreeswest
longitude.Thesatellite
willbecapable
of
transmittingbetweenground
stations
in
portions
of
NorthandSouth
America,Europe,
Africa
andthe
Middle
East.
Weighing
402
kg
(886
lbs.),
the
spacecraft
has
a
diameter
of
1.85
m
(6.06
ft.)
and
a
height
of0.5
m
(1.64
ft.).
The
apogee
motor
engine
and
nozzle,super
highfrequencyantenna
feedandreflectors,and
the
reception
hornandsolarsensorsare
mounted
on
top.
The
VHF
antennas
areonthe
underside.Three
attached
solarpanels
extendoutward
2.57
m
(8.3
ft.)
from
the
spacecraft.
Power
is
generatedby
the
solar
panels;
two
batteries
supply
power
for
spacecrafthousekeeping
duringeclipses,
whentransmittingequipmentcannot
be
operated.
Liquid
fuel
is
used
for
Symphonie's
apogeemotor,
which
will
be
ignited
by
groundcommand
to
place
the
satellite
into
its
final
synchronous
orbit.
This
marks
the
first
use
of
liquid
fuel
for
the
apogee
motor
of
a
spacecraftplanned
for
synchronousorbit.
-more-

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