Re: Analysis of Fading of TIPS Tether

From: Allen Thomson (
Date: Fri Aug 02 2002 - 16:43:32 EDT

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    Rob Matson said,
    > At the time, I remember answering (in quite detailed fashion) with a
    > calculation of the tether brightness based on geometry, photometry,
    > and limiting resolution of the human eye.  The (seemingly bright) magnitude
    > observed proved to be perfectly reasonable based on these first principles
    > and a rather nominal assumption for the optical reflectivity of the fiber.
    > Nothing more than solar reflection is required.
    If someone can find your analysis and you approve, or if you'd care
    to recreate it, that would seem to make a worthy addition to the
    FAQ that's currently being discussed on UseSat.
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