Re: WIRE wildly flashing

Ron Dantowitz (
Sun, 7 Mar 1999 16:25:47 -0500 (EST)

re: WIRE flashes and tumble period:
>There may or may not be a correlation between the apparent tumble rates 
>that we observed and the actual tumble rate.  The relationship between sun-
>sat-observer, possibly multiple spin axes, and a bunch of different 
>reflecting surfaces can get pretty complicated. Just in my observation 
>alone there was a rapid increase in the apparent flash rate over the span 
>of one minute.

I measured 20 regularly spaced, predictable flashes in 3880 video fields
(1/60 sec)... each flash was nearly perfectly 200 video fields apart, very
precise and repeatable.  I expect tonight's pass to be much faster?!