Re: Newbie asking simple Iridium Questions -- Revealed

Bart De Pontieu (
Thu, 4 Dec 1997 20:09:47 +0100 (MET)

On Thu, 4 Dec 1997 wrote:

> Here is the explanation:  the search engine put me through to this URL:
> It appears to be a very convincing-looking impostor.  After one of you
> graciously pointed me to the CORRECT site, I found all the Iridium info I was
> looking for. 
> Has this happened to anyone else?  Can anyone explain what the duplicate site
> is supposed to be?  Slightly inconvenient, if you ask me.

This duplicate site is not an imposter, but an old version of our pages.
Since neither Neil or I lead sedentary lifes, our sets of WWW-pages move
along with us. That is why we decided to start using generic aliases such
as You're right, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea
to get rid of the old pages on

Right now the situation is such that there are two mirror sites of the
[they are not perfectly identical, but we're working on uniformization]

The first happens to be located in the UK right now, the second in
Germany. The physical location will no doubt change within the next 3
or 4 months (since at least one of us is going to move), but if you stick
to the generic aliases, you won't suffer from this move.

The same, by the way, goes for SeeSat-L's address which is and has been
for some time:
[despite the fact that you appear to get messages from]
Please stop using, since this too
will no doubt change within the next half year. 

By the way, please stop sending messages to SeeSat-L that uniquely
contain your address changes. I've seen several of these messages lately
and they are not on topic. I have no problem with your casually mentioning
it in a satellite-related message, but just sending a message 'I moved',
is not on-topic. There are over 430 subscribers on SeeSat-L, a minority of
whom is typically interested in your new address.

Check out our Web-page: 
for details on how to unsubscribe or change addresses!
Please don't expect me or Neil to change your address manually!


OB-satellites: has anyone seen EQUATOR-S, recently launched as piggyback
               to JCSAT-5? It was built in-house here in Garching.
Bart De Pontieu -- -- Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrestrial physics
SeeSat-L co-administrator   --   VSOHP co-maintainer   --   solar physicist
Friends help you move. Good friends help you move bodies.