Re: Two Iridium flares right next to each other

From: Jonathan T Wojack (
Date: Fri Jan 11 2002 - 16:52:23 EST

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    > > But most of the spares are in orbits around 68km. below 
    > > the operational sateliites, and thus "lap" the 
    > > operational satellites roughly every 11 days.
    > Just to avoid confusion, satellites, such as Iridium 82, 
    > in the spare orbit (around 711 x 708km) will lap the 
    > operational satellites (at around 779 x 775 km) in just 
    > under every 5 days.
    Do the lower satellites appear to travel about 78 m/sec faster than the
    operational satellites?
    [Just curious]
    Jonathan T. Wojack       
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