Drag on TiPS

Brierley, David UK (BrierleD@jntf.osd.mil)
Tue, 28 Jan 1997 09:52:53 -0700

Has anyone else noticed how remarkably constant the drag term is for
TiPS?  I can fit an orbit to 24 observations made between 1996 October
31 and 1997 January 20 with time residuals between -0.45 and +0.34 secs,
and also fit the 9 observations made between 1996 December 6 and 1997
January 20 with time residuals between -0.17 and +0.08 secs.

The first orbit has ndot/2 = 0.00000346 +/- 1, and the second 0.00000349
+/- 4, which is substantially the same.

I deduce that the drag is electromagnetic rather than atmospheric - can
anyone confirm this?  Also has anyone decided if we should take
positions on the geometrical centre of the tether, or the centre of
gravity which is fifth of the way up the tether?

David Brierley, Colorado Springs, CO.