GPS satellite SVN-15 retired

[From SpaceflightNow…]

Frank Czopek, the GPS Block II and IIA project manager, recalled SVN-15’s rocky start before it got off the ground as well as its history once it became operational in 1990.

The satellite earned the nickname “Firebird,” as well as other nicknames such as “Old Smokey” and “Sparky II,” after the vehicle caught fire one Friday afternoon, Mr. Czopek said.


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  1. Justin,
    Post would be better with the ‘rocky start’ and ‘history’ links… Funny tho (sic)

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