Re: Starshine 3 observation

From: Jonathan T Wojack (
Date: Thu Oct 11 2001 - 11:21:43 EDT

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    > >I am not familiar with the design issues, but it seems to me that 
    > it might have
    > >been better to have a lighter coloured body, to enable the object 
    > to be
    > >observed using binoculars, as a hedge against infrequent flashes. 
    > Ted, the problem is to keep the satellite warm enough for the small 
    > electronics
    > package. There have been spacecraft failures due to low temperatures 
    > freezing
    > the batteries, when spacecraft have failed to activate, and some 
    > near misses.
    May I ask what the purpose of the electronics package is?  I thought
    Starshine was to do nothing else than to orbit the Earth and provide
    flashes.  Perhaps for thruster control?
    Jonathan T. Wojack       
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