Theory on GRACE flares?

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Wed Aug 13 2003 - 22:41:07 EDT

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    Anyone have a theory on how the trapezoidal Grace satellites 
    flare?  My guess now is that their flares have to be off the 
    two trapezoidal ends.  I don't see how the other four sides
    could reflect down to Earth:
    The Globalstars have a similar trapezoidal body, but 
    apparently it's upside-down compared to GRACE, and they have 
    solar "wings":
    I think I finally found why Globalstars often seem brighter 
    than they ought to be; apparently the body is covered with
    kapton insulation:
    Raining here....  I'm in a library hoping I can go home in 
    a while; didn't bring an umbrella with me today.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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