Re: Iridium Constellation

From: Eberst (
Date: Mon Mar 06 2000 - 02:21:54 PST

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    At 17:26 2000/03/04 -0500, Jeff Hunt wrote:
    >I read today in the business section ( I believe it was the Washington Post
    >that I was borrowing) that Motorola will cease operation and maintenance of
    >the Iridium Constellation on March 6, 2000. I wonder to what degree and and
    >how soon this will affect flare predictions?
    This seems to prove that Motorola is a dinosaur, having grown too large to
    continue its existence.  In 1980, the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million
    years ago was confirmed by the discovery of a layer of iridium a few kilometres
    below the surface of the Earth.  On this occasion, the Iridium layer is 792 km.
    above the Earth's surface.
    best wishes
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