Sputnik 1

From: George Olshevsky (george.olshevsky@gmail.com)
Date: Thu Jul 10 2008 - 04:49:55 UTC

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    Most photos of the Sputnik 1 payload depict a metallic sphere with
    four aerials in a "swept back" configuration, but a few artistic
    renderings of the satellite "in orbit" show the aerials protruding
    radially from the sphere's equator. I understand the "swept back"
    configuration conforms to the satellite's stowage during launch,
    confined within its conical fairing (which is said to have gone into
    orbit along with the payload and booster). But once the satellite was
    pushed away from the booster, did the aerials "snap open" into the
    radial configuration, or did they simply stay "swept back" all the
    time (making those pictures of the satellite in orbit incorrect)?
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