Re: Dangerous decay

From: Harro Zimmer (Harro.Zimmer@t-online.de)
Date: Wed Apr 02 2003 - 06:35:00 EST

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    1996-027A (#23857) BEPPOSAX
    
    The expected "dangerous" situation described in reports from Indonesia is extremely exaggerated. This is a "normal" decay
    without any special risks. The inclination of the orbit
    is 3.95 important only for equator very near regions.
    The Italian X-ray satellite have a mass of 1400 kg with 
    dimensions of 2.4 x 3.6 x 18 m. The last figure represent the
    solar array. There is 26 kg Hydrazine - from the attitude control
    system - on bord - not unusual for a powered down satellite.
    I expect the decay on 26 April +/- 03 days in good agreement
    with the estimates from my Italian colleagues. They have a
    special home page:
    
    www.asdc.asi.it/bepposax/reentry
    
    Harro
    
    Harro.Zimmer@t-online.de
    Berlin, Germany
    
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