Midas 9 flaring

From: Tony Beresford (aberesford@iprimus.com.au)
Date: Sun Sep 23 2001 - 09:31:48 EDT

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    I am having trouble imagining how one can get 2 minutes of flaring
    from specular reflection of the solar panels of the MIDAS satellites.
    Extrapolating crudely from the Iridium example a flare time of 4 times as long
    say 20 seconds doesnt seem unreasonable. Even if the satellite roatation period
    is long I cant see it going below 1 rev/orbit. 
    Rob Matson, if one substitutes a MIDAS for an Iridium, and orders iridflar
    to assume it has same reflectors ( by recompiling rules for inclusion) what
    how does the half width of the flare behave for central flares.
    Here are some MIDAS elsets fresh from OIG
    
    MIDAS 7 / ERS 10
    1 00622U 63030A   01263.52389622  .00000003  00000-0  10000-3 0  2418
    2 00622  88.4251 354.9134 0026483  75.1759 285.2021  8.57926130685343
    OPS 0856
    1 02403U 66077A   01262.88167635  .00000002  00000-0  10000-3 0  2753
    2 02403  89.7733 243.0685 0029774  59.3877 300.9901  8.59904423749987
    OPS 1920
    1 02481U 66089A   01262.73484834 +.00000002 +00000-0 +10000-3 0 03547
    2 02481 089.8381 119.5171 0031745 315.0245 044.8036 08.59246549096719
    Perhaps somebody on the list with better 3d visualization can see a solution.
    Tony Beresford
    
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