Starshine decay

From: Harro.Zimmer (
Date: Tue Jan 11 2000 - 12:58:27 PST

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    As Paul Maley mentioned recently, the observation of the last days and the 
    reentry of the satellite will be very important for this worldwide project.
    We have a lot of time, Starshine (99030B, #25769) is very slow decayer.
    I have done a careful analysis for a long shot prediction. All satellite parame-
    ters are well known, Starshine is a perfect sphere with a "rough" surface (The
    reflectors). The important factor is the solar activity over the next five weeks.
    With an undisturbed evolution of the activity the decay will be around
                        February 16, 02 UTC +/- 03 days.
    The error margin resulted from some assumptions about the solar flux over the
    next 35 days.
    I will check this forecast from time to time over the coming weeks and will
    start with continuous predictions about eight days before decay. 
    Berlin, Germany
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