Re: Starshine-2 not seen again

From: Tony Beresford (
Date: Tue Dec 25 2001 - 18:01:14 EST

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    At 02:49 26/12/01, Jonathan T Wojack wrote:
    >Do you mean that the upper atmosphere would absorb some of the rotational
    >energy, thus causing its spin rate to diminish?
    Not the atmosphere but the body of the satellite, Jonathon.
    Any moving conductor in a magnetic field has induced currents flowing in
    it. Since most conductors have some resistance, there is energy lost
    by heat. In the case of a spinning object this comes from the rotational
    Tony Beresford
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