Re: Re 2: NROL-1 observations

From: Kevin Fetter (
Date: Tue Aug 31 2004 - 23:52:43 EDT

--- Daniel Deak <> wrote:

>> So, is it really the propellant dump or the inclination change manoeuvre ? I 
> guess this would indeed be the dump because of the brightness of the particles 
> and the duration of the cloud.

It would be the dump of fuel, as to me the satellite would use it's own thrusters to change orbit.
The cloud occured after satellite seperation, so it would be a fuel dump. That's my thoughts on
it. I had come outside not to long after hearing satellite seperation during the broadcast, and
shortly after the cloud appeared. Not sure when it appeared, but it was after satellite seperation
to be sure.


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