Re: Midas 9

From: Jonathan T Wojack (
Date: Sat Sep 22 2001 - 11:19:44 EDT

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    >The satellites 
    > were
    > equipped with pair of solar panels connected to the engine 
    > compartment
    > of the Agena. The gas nozzles of the Agena stage were used for
    > stabilization and orientation of the entire object. Useful lifetime
    > varied between few hours to few days (maximum for M.8 was 2 weeks 
    > only)
    > mainly due to the problems with power supply systems (Midas 2 was 
    > lost
    > on orbit due to stabilization system malfunction).
    So, are you saying that the Midas satellites were operational for 2
    weeks, maximum?  Some for only a couple of hours?  That seems like an
    immense expenditure of money at a very low efficiency.  Perhaps they were
    launched at times of hightened alert of nuclear attack.  May I assume
    that there were other Early Warning satellites in orbit during the early
    Jonathan T. Wojack       
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