Nanosail Flares and Orientation

From: satrack@libero.it
Date: Thu Feb 24 2011 - 23:37:43 UTC

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    By using the flare captured tonight by Arto Oksanen I estimated the sail 
    orientation.
    If I am not wrong the sail is still far from the stabilization with a velocity 
    sail-normal angle
    at least of about 60 degrees.
    
    This suggests that bright flares should be expected for long time, and I guess 
    also
    for other latitudes in the next days.
    
    Details and a screenshot depicting the satellite flare with the sail normal 
    are available
    here:
    
    http://digilander.libero.it/SATrack/NanosailFlare24Feb.html
    
    I have also loaded the data on the online tracking program, so it is possible
    to track this flare in the case someone is lucky enough to have the same sail 
    orientation.
    
    Here the link of the online program:
    
    http://digilander.libero.it/SATrack/VisualSATFlareTrackerOnline.html?
    q=nanosail&ps=1
    
    Regards,
    Simoe
    
    
    
    
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