Re: sun tracking solar panels and possible flares

From: John Locker (john@satcom.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Fri Dec 29 2006 - 10:41:45 EST

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    Excellent point George.....I suddenly realised this earlier today when I 
    started to mess around with the 144th scale model of the station I have 
    here......you are absolutely right , so as you say , we are unlikely to see 
    any more flares from this part of the complex
    
    
    The main truss radiators are also rotating now so I suspect they too will 
    become less prominent.
    
    John
    
    
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "George Roberts" <gr@gr5.org>
    To: <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
    Sent: Friday, December 29, 2006 3:34 PM
    Subject: Re: sun tracking solar panels and possible flares
    
    
    >> The radiator was until it started tracking , earth pointing.So , it 
    >> should be at its brightest when the observer is directly between the sun 
    >> ( below the horizon) and the station....... not necessarily when the 
    >> complex is overhead.
    >
    > If the solar panels are sun tracking then the radiator should always be 
    > pointed away from the sun.  In other words in as much shadow as possible. 
    > This is ideal for a radiator because you want it to radiate heat away and 
    > not recieve sunlight.  This means it will probably never flare.
    >
    > - George Roberts
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