Re: Possible comms sat failure ?

From: satcom (john@satcom.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Thu Aug 11 2005 - 01:42:30 EDT

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    Hi George,
    
    No , but I see what you mean .......that all conveyed completly wrong didnt 
    it....
    I was simply ruling them out on the basis that it was unlikely , although of 
    course , still possible , that the bird could have taken a hit.
    
    By midnight last night , the satellite was starting to come back to life 
    after a good deal of the traffic had been transferred to another part of the 
    sky.
    
    I did try to image 10 east ,  but to do so had to Slot hop from 19 (seven 
    sats ) to 13 E ( five sats) and by the time I got to 10 E.........a bank of 
    cloud had swept in ( story of my life)
    
    Anyway as we await a statement from Eutelsat , it looks to me as though they 
    did some excellent recovery work and have got their bird up an running again 
    !
    Quite an achievement !
    
    John
    
    
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "George Roberts" <gr@pobox.com>
    To: "satcom" <john@satcom.freeserve.co.uk>; <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
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    Sent: Wednesday, August 10, 2005 7:56 PM
    Subject: Re: Possible comms sat failure ?
    
    
    >> I'm also ruling out Perseids activity....as Persius is in complete 
    >> opposition to the location of the birds.
    >
    > Are you saying the Earth is blocking the Perseids from hitting the
    > Satellite?  I don't think so - it wouldn't be a satellite if it didn't 
    > orbit
    > the earth.  And if it orbits the earth then it can only be protected
    > by the earth from asteroids for half an orbit at the most and much
    > less for geo-stationaries.
    >
    > Perseids occur in all parts of the sky and are most visible straight
    > up.  They do however travel in straight lines away from a point in 
    > Perseus.
    > - George
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