Re: Predicting Molniya Look Angles

From: Mike McCants (mmccants@io.com)
Date: Thu Jun 15 2006 - 13:01:41 EDT

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    Bill Frost posted:
    
    >Time                Satellite              Azm  Elv  Mag Range S.Azm S.Elv
    >2006-06-15 18:08:00 MOLNIYA 1-87         294.0 68.6    ?  5936 288.8 -14.0
    >2006-06-15 18:34:43 MOLNIYA 3-39         122.1 42.6    ?  3086 285.4 -19.2
    >2006-06-15 19:28:12 MOLNIYA 1-91         216.3 10.2    ?  3728 278.7 -29.9
    
    Of course predictions for Molniya payloads are rather different
    for Australia compared to a northern hemisphere site because the
    Molniyas have a rather low perigee in the southern hemisphere
    and a very high apogee in the northern hemisphere.
    
    Execution of Highfly produced 90 predictions for 13 Molniya payloads
    brighter than about magnitude 10 for the Australian night of June 15/16.
    
    For a summer night at latitude 30 north, Highfly produced about
    25 predictions for 11 Molniya payloads brighter than magnitude 10.
    
    Both outputs can be seen at:
    
    http://users2.ev1.net/~mmccants/highfly.txt
    
    Mike McCants
    
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