Flares from SORCE: not promising

From: Matson, Robert (ROBERT.D.MATSON@saic.com)
Date: Wed Jan 22 2003 - 16:20:37 EST

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    Hi again, Tony and List,
    
    After visiting the various websites for SORCE, it appears
    to me that the solar panels are indeed perpendicular to
    the spacecraft body:
    
    <http://lasp.colorado.edu/sorce/sorce_img2.jpg>
    
    (In some spacecraft images the six solar panel "petals" appear to
    be opened up slightly past 90 degrees, but I think it's just an
    optical illusion.  If you compare opposing panels, they appear
    parallel to each other.
    
    I couldn't find any good information about spacecraft pointing
    on the SORCE websites, but I would assume that they attempt to
    keep the solar panels normal to the sun at all times when SORCE
    is illuminated.  If so, then glints of course cannot be directed
    toward the ground.
    
    Best,
    Rob
    
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