Re: GOCE Flare Model and Observation

From: Marco Langbroek (
Date: Tue Jan 12 2010 - 22:11:08 UTC

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    Op 12-1-2010 23:03, schreef:
    > If these results are correct, they may indicate that the
    > satellite is actually stabilized about 3.5 degrees off the
    > orbit plane and toward the sun direction.
    Great result Simone!
    It also confirms that there is a specular flare from the panels on the 
    theoretical central flarepath(s), the 22.5 and 67.5 degree tilts.
    The question that remains to be answered is why there is milder flaring up to 
    quite a large distance from these central flare paths. Basically, up to 200 km 
    on either side the spaceprobe will *always* show some flaring behaviour when the 
    angle is near 93 degrees. That flare is specular in duration (short) but clearly 
    not in the tilt-angle.
    - Marco
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