Iridium statistics necessary?

Paul L. Sventek (
Thu, 23 Oct 1997 20:24:49 -0500

I wonder if it's worthwhile to collect statistics on which Iridiums give
so-called monster-flares. Are they all constructed _exactly_ the same way
of _exactly_ the same materials so what controls a monster-flare is only
a near 0 degree flare angle or could there be a change in the construction
of some of the satellites making them more likely than others to produce
the show-stopping flares? 

Paul L. Sventek