RE: Satellite colours

Ted Molczan (
Tue, 10 Aug 1999 20:05:20 -0400

ERBS is another example of a colourful satellite.

It was important to me observationally in 1988, because its very pronounced
reddish colour was the key to helping me to understand why the Lacrosse
satellites appear to be orange-red. I knew why ERBS appeared reddish,
because I had seen photos that revealed it to be almost completely swathed
in gold foil (kapton, I believe).

One of the books in my personal library has an excellent photo of ERBS on
the end of the shuttle's RMS. Here is a good pre-launch image:

Ted Molczan