RE: Globalstar 59

From: Matson, Robert (
Date: Thu Jan 03 2002 - 13:24:53 EST

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    Hi James,
    > Sorry folks - in my haste I omitted some detail! And I meant Globalstar
    10-4.  I agree with the match.  Nothing else is reasonable based on the
    time of the observation.  The Globalstar satellites have a number of flat
    surfaces that could produce glints (besides the solar arrays, which under
    ordinary operating circumstances could not).  I'm still trying to locate
    a good image of a satellite.  The best I've found so far is a simple
    and this rather poor artist's image in a PDF file:
    From what I've read, satellite orientation is not nearly as critical
    for the Globalstars, since these satellites do not have satellite-to-
    satellite crosslinks like Iridium.  Thus, glint prediction software
    for these satellites (if ever written) would never be as accurate
    as for Iridium.
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