Article: "NASA: Satellite Odds of Hitting Someone 250-1"

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Mon Dec 11 2000 - 00:17:33 PST

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    A Yahoo/Reuters article of possible interest regarding the 
    formerly planned deorbiting of the Iridium system, titled, 
    "NASA: Satellite Odds of Hitting Someone 250-1":
    
     http://dailynews.yahoo.com/htx/nm/20001210/sc/tech_satellites_dc_2.html
    
    The number 250-to-1 is the sum or combined final odds they had
    calculated for the deorbiting of all 74 operational satellites.  
    They list four components that they believed would survive 
    re-entry, "10-kg titanium fuel tanks, 30-kg batteries, 6.3-kg 
    structural brackets and 116-kg electronic control panels".
    
    By the way, before all of the hubbub, there had been plans for
    another Iridium launch, and I'm wondering now if there may yet
    be one....
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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