Re: North Korea satellite: NOTAMs inconsistent with claimedsun-synchronous orbit

From: Chris Jones (
Date: Sun Apr 08 2012 - 17:07:28 UTC

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    On Sun, 8 Apr 2012 09:01:57 +0100 "Phillip Clark"
    <> wrote:
    > You may wish to consider that many people consider any retrograde orbit is 
    > Sun-synchronous.   I know that this is the policy of Spaceflight Now, the 
    > online news site.
    Wow, really?  Do they consider the latest NROL satellite (inclination around
    123 degrees) sun-synchronous?  How about the Ofeq satellites (inclinations
    around 143 degrees)?
    I can see being sloppy with satellites with inclinations closer to polar
    (though I still think it's uncalled for, when all you have to do to be correct
    is to say "near polar" or "near sun-synchronous"), but in the case of
    the other examples I mention, it's past being sloppy and into being wrong.
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