Re: SL-16
Sat, 14 Aug 1999 00:28:40 EDT

In a message dated 8/13/99 10:38:32 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
>  >  I am expecting this one to nearly grind to a halt by this time next 
>  What exactly to you mean, "grind to a halt"?  Will it have stopped 
>  altogether, or will the rotation rate be greatly reduced to perhaps 

Check out the obs for 25400 (98- 43G) and 25407 (98- 45B) at:

Both showed a gradual slowing.  I believe that the flash period for both is 
over 40 seconds.
In a message dated 8/14/99 12:09:43 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes: 
>  The tumble period
>  increases( rotation rate deceases) because of eddy current damping.

Thanks for the explantion, Tony.  I had no luck searching the SeeSat-L 
archieve "latest" for the word "magnetic".  

Centaur 2 (00694) - launched in November 1963 - still tumbles with a flash 
peroid of about 45 seconds.
Don Gardner  39.1796 N, 76.8419 W, 34m ASL
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