Re: Starshine-2 not seen again

From: Bjorn Gimle (
Date: Fri Jan 04 2002 - 01:17:38 EST

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    > Would I be correct in assuming that it is mathematically impossible to
    > make flash predictions for Starshine 2 and 3, like you can for the
    > Iridium constellation?
    Since it is not attitude controlled like Iridium, that is no good analogy.
    Mathematically, the possible flash locations could be predicted like we do
    for Superbird A, ETS-6 and a few more satellites.
    But practically it is impossible, because we would need hundreds of accurate
    flash positions to determine the axis, and it would only be valid for a
    short time, because of eddy currents and atmospheric interaction at their
    low orbital heights.
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