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GETAWAY SPECIAL PAYLOAD

Global Low Orbiting Message Relay Satellite (GLOMR)

The Global Low Orbiting Message Relay Satellite (GLOMR) is carried in a standard Getaway Special (GAS) container mounted on the port side of the orbiter payload bay in the vicinity of the Spacelab Tunnel. It will be ejected via a standard Autonomous Payload Controller located in the orbiter aft flight deck. Upon receiving the proper command, a Full Diameter Motorized Door Assembly on the GAS canister opens and a spring-loaded device pushes the satellite from the container at a rate of 3-1/2 feet per second.

The GLOMR satellite is a data-relay, communications spacecraft and is expected to remain in orbit for approximately 1 year. The purpose of the 150-pound, 62-sid polyhedron satellite is to demonstrate the ability to read signals and command oceanographic sensors, locate oceanographic and other ground sensors, and relay data from them to customers. GLOMR was designed and built by Defense Systems, Inc., McLean, VA.

This will be the second attempt to deploy GLOMR. It was carried on mission 51-B in April 1985 but was not deployed due to problems with the battery supply.

Edited by Richard W. Orloff, 01/2001/Page 23

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