Fwd: Starshine Visible Passes

Wed, 16 Jun 1999 15:56:24 EDT

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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 15:46:08 EDT
Subject: Re: Starshine Visible Passes
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You might want to warn your audience that the satellite is not rotating as 
fast as we had expected it to, due to the very precise and accurate manner in 
which the NASA Goddard Hitchhiker folks deployed it, so the flashes are much 
farther apart in time than we had anticipated.  I'm hearing anything from 5 
to 15 seconds between flashes to one or two flashes in a complete passs, 
depending on the way the rows of mirrors interact with the sun-mirror-eye 
geometry during a given pass.

We're hoping for an increase in flash rate as the satellite descends into 
denser air, but that may take a few months to become effective; so, for now, 
it's going to be pretty tough to get good measurements.