Re: 81 more Iridium spacecraft on order

From: Kevin Fetter (kfetter@yahoo.com)
Date: Thu Jun 03 2010 - 00:45:30 UTC

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    --- On Wed, 6/2/10, sciteach@mchsi.com <sciteach@mchsi.com> wrote:
    
    > I wonder if these new ones will produce -8
    > flares?] 
    
    The new satellites are a different design, from what I see. They look like a globalstar satellite, just different in stuff like solar panels. 
    
    Image of what they will look like
    
    http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/iridium/44300/images/44300-lo-NEXT_satellite_image.jpg
    
    Compare to globalstar satellite
    
    http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/globalstar.htm
    
    So they won't have the antenna's like the current iridium's, and so they won't produce flares like the current iridium's do. 
    
    That's the way I see it.
    
    Kevin
     
    
    
    
    
    
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