Re: New Satellite...

From: Bart De Pontieu (
Date: Sat Feb 06 2010 - 04:49:02 UTC

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    On Feb 5, 2010, at 1:37 PM, Derek C Breit wrote:
    > On February 9th at no earlier than 10:30am EST, the Solar Dynamics
    > Observatory (SDO) will be launching aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V
    > rocket.
    > The goal of this mission is to give astronomers a closer look at the
    > sun and help us understand the source of the sun's energy so spaceweather
    > can better be predicted. SDO is different compared to other satellites in
    > that it will be collecting enough data to fill a single CD every thirty-six
    > SECONDS! Not only that, but SDO has no data recording system here on Earth
    > where its data will be stored, so it essentially has to build its own. In
    > order for this to happen, SDO will be placed in a geosynchronous orbit and
    > will remain constantly in orbit above its ground communication station in
    > New Mexico. 
    > Derek
    > PS.. I will want to see this one.. :-))
    Me too -- I've been involved in SDO since 2001 (when we wrote a proposal to NASA to
    build the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly at our lab  -- LMSAL). It's my understanding 
    that SDO launch will slip if the Shuttle launch slips. I'd love to see some pictures of the 
    satellite when it's up. Anyone up for the challenge?
    Bart De Pontieu    --  Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Lab, Palo Alto   --     3251 Hanover St., Org. ADBS, Bldg. 252, CA 94304 -- Phone 1-650-424-3094 / Fax 1-650-424-3994 
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