TACSAT launch from Wallops Island.

Glenn Baumgartner gbaumgartner2 at cox.net
Wed Dec 27 18:59:48 CST 2006

You guys don't remember the REAL ...TACSAT.. UHF milsatcom bird of the 
60's.. weighted close to half a ton as I remember. Three Monster helix 
antennas,   IT was THE FATHER of all UHF military  (Fleetsat, LEASAT, UFO, 
etc) and civilian satellites....more or less....since the NASA  ATS -1 and 
AST -3 birds were actually VHF 149 and 136 MHz and they really were first. 
These latest "TACSAT" birds are not the real thing.. but then again the REAL 
TACSAT  (first one ) didn't glow in the dark either did it!! Rats!  Oh well 
those who cannot remember history are doomed to repeat it.  Not all bad 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <jsteller at spottydog.us>
To: <tacos at amrad.org>
Sent: Monday, December 18, 2006 1:33 PM
Subject: RE: Re: TACSAT launch from Wallops Island.

> Actually, I wasn't trying to point out anything in your note.  I worked on 
> TACSAT-1 several years ago now.  It was supposed to be a quick 
> turn-around, launch yesterday kind of contract.  We completed work on the 
> satellite long before the launcher was ready.  Still waiting...
> --- JST
>>I didn't think anyone was reading my 'mail'.. so I wasn't too careful
>>regarding detail.
>>TACSAT-2 launched on Saturday.
>>--- John Teller <jsteller at spottydog.us> wrote:
>>> Interesting, TACSAT 1 should have launched a looooong time ago on what
>>> should have been the first launch of SpaceX's Falcon 1.  Looks like it
>>> might be a while, since SpaceX is really monkeying around with it these
>>> days - look for a static firing in mid-January.
>>Do You Yahoo!?
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