RE: SuitSat 3 Feb 2006

From: Dale Ireland (direland@drdale.com)
Date: Thu Jan 26 2006 - 17:46:25 EST

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     The posting says
    "Because the ISS and SuitSat share similar orbits, predictions for one will
    serve for the other."
    And
    "Bauer expects SuitSat's batteries to last 2 to 4 days. After that, SuitSat
    will begin a slow silent spiral into Earth's atmosphere."
    Does this mean they will be tethered together until the batteries die???. 
    I would assume that the suit will have a lot of drag and not stay near the
    ISS long unless they are tethered. Any estimates of the drag or decay rate?
    Any estimates of the magnitude? Guess it will be a "flasher".
    Dale
    
    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: Brooke Clarke [mailto:brooke@pacific.net] 
    > Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2006 2:24 PM
    > To: SeeSat-D@satobs.org
    > Subject: SuitSat 3 Feb 2006
    > 
    > Hi:
    > 
    > NASA will orbit an empty space suit on Friday, 3 Feb. 2006.  
    > Instead of an astronaut inside there will be batteries and a 
    > 2 meter ham transmitter, see:
    > http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/26jan_suitsat.htm?list28590
    > 
    > Have Fun,
    > 
    > Brooke Clarke, N6GCE
    > 
    
    
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