Re: Orbcomm Sat

Mir16609@aol.com
Wed, 6 Jan 1999 12:58:23 EST

In a message dated 1/6/99 01:50:43 PM EDT, light@argoscomp.com writes:

> 
>  In 1998, we observed several of the 97-084 objects (Orbcomms FM 8-12) at
>  apparent magnitudes +5 to +8 (typical value being about +6-1/2).
>  
>  However, the only 98-046 object we were able to see was 25414 = 98-046B =
>  Orbcomm FM 18 once at about +7-1/2 magnitude.
>  
>  I recently "complained" about their invisibility to Mike McCants and he
>  wrote me saying ...
>  
>  > The Orbcomms are thin disks.  They are usually about 7.5 or 8th
>  > even under favorable angles, but are sometimes much brighter when the
>  > disk is reflecting the sun just right.

There are some nice photos of the satellites and their stack up configuration
for launch at:

http://www.orbcomm.net/coolstuff/photos.html

Cheers
Don Gardner
Homepage: http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
76.8419 W, 39.1796 N,  34m ASL