Re: SMART-1

From: Tony Beresford (dberesford@adam.com.au)
Date: Sun Jun 20 2004 - 09:02:49 EDT

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    At 20:58 20/06/04, you wrote:
    >Dear List,
    >
    >        I was wondering if anyone is aware of SMART-1's physical dimensions. It begs the question and pursuit of seeing this satellite silhouette against the moon.
    The body is only a cube about 1meter a side. the Solar panels are maybe 10 meter span.
    Lets be generous and say 15 meters. The perigee may still be around 30,000 Km or
    30 megameters. This gives Span as 0.5 micro radians or 0.1 arcsecond at most optimistic.
    at apogee range 300,000Km span would be 0.01 arcsecond.
    Cant check the figures at the moment as www.esa.int  's server says its overloaded.
    Probably means its offline and needs re-booting or repair.
    
    Tony Beresford
    
    
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