Re: AW: Super tracking device at SpaceCom?

From: Thomas A. Troszak (
Date: Thu Apr 13 2000 - 16:17:35 PDT

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    > Atmospheric drag does not make such objects "fall behind", it makes them hurry on ahead.
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    > Russell  Eberst
    Thanks for the reply!
    I am aware of the fact that the period of an orbit decreases as an
    object falls closer to earth, but it is also traveling in a smaller
    circle around each orbit, therefore it is covering less distance per rev
    as well, right?
    Air resistance that causes satellites to decay is the same air
    resistance that finally slows down re-entering manned capsules as well.
    The poor helpless communication sats are simply not prepared for the
    rigors of re-entry, they do not survive the heating of the initial
    deceleration, or they would all land intact somewhere.
    Ok, seriously now, how about we use the term "fall ahead".  Actually
    make sense to me, but I'm weird...
    Tom Troszak, Firedesign, Inc.
    Asheville, NC, USA
    35.601 N, -82.554 W
    elevation 2,300 ft.
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