Re: BBC: "New Mir mission announced"
Mon, 12 Jul 1999 17:33:18 EDT

In a message dated 7/12/99 1:30:29 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

> I suspect people think it's not worth much. It's old, kind of like a
>  1985 car or a 1985 PC. Depreciation in a harsh environment & technical
>  progress have lowered the value. It's in too low an orbit for a good
>  comms relay; there's only one of it so it's only above-horizon every 90
>  minutes at best!
Or you could just use it for RECON.  But you would want results from what it 
costs to attach some sensors to Mir (make sure results=costs).  Or even just 
boost it to a high orbit and deal with it in the future.