The ALEXIS mission recovery

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The authors report the recovery of the ALEXIS small satellite mission. ALEXIS is a 113-kg satellite that carries an ultrasoft x-ray telescope array and a high-speed VHF receiver/digitizer (BLACKBEARD), supported by a miniature spacecraft bus. It was launched by a Pegasus booster on 1993 April 25, but a solar paddle was damaged during powered flight. Initial attempts to contact ALEXIS were unsuccessful. The satellite finally responded in June, and was soon brought under control. Because the magnetometer had failed, the rescue required the development of new attitude control-techniques. The telemetry system has performed nominally. They discuss the procedures used to ... continued below

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Bloch, J.; Armstrong, T.; Dingler, B.; Enemark, D.; Holden, D.; Little, C. et al. March 1, 1994.

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The authors report the recovery of the ALEXIS small satellite mission. ALEXIS is a 113-kg satellite that carries an ultrasoft x-ray telescope array and a high-speed VHF receiver/digitizer (BLACKBEARD), supported by a miniature spacecraft bus. It was launched by a Pegasus booster on 1993 April 25, but a solar paddle was damaged during powered flight. Initial attempts to contact ALEXIS were unsuccessful. The satellite finally responded in June, and was soon brought under control. Because the magnetometer had failed, the rescue required the development of new attitude control-techniques. The telemetry system has performed nominally. They discuss the procedures used to recover the ALEXIS mission.

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  • 17. annual American Astronomical Society (AAS) guidance and control conference, Keystone, CO (United States), 2-6 Feb 1994

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  • Other: DE94007549
  • Report No.: LA-UR--94-503
  • Report No.: CONF-940259--1
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 142518
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc621215

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Bloch, J.; Armstrong, T.; Dingler, B.; Enemark, D.; Holden, D.; Little, C. et al. The ALEXIS mission recovery, article, March 1, 1994; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc621215/: accessed July 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.