Re[2]: Radar to Track Space Junque

rkresken@notes.vilspa.esa.es (grc@spica.usno.navy.mil)
Fri, 27 Mar 98 11:36:20 -0500

Not as dumb as it sounds...the vast majority of space junk these days is in
relatively high inc orbits, the planes of which converge around the poles.  If
you look at the distribution of such stuf at any given time, the density is much
greater at high lats than at the equator.  It's also a good place to kep an eye
on the Russians...  :-)

Cheers,
Geoff

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Subject:    Re: Radar to Track Space Junque 
Author: <SeeSat-L@cds.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de>
Date:       26-Mar-98 6:22 PM

Bill Cherepy quoted from sci.space.shuttle:
>The United States and Norway are planning a giant radar station to help
>track the orbiting debris....
>Officials refused to discuss possible military uses for the radar.

Maybe I'm wrong, but Norway strikes me as an odd choice to place
a radar to track space junk.  Isn't that going to make tracking LEO
objects will low inclinations more difficult?  Somehow, the words
'cover story' popped into my head as I was reading the article.  ;-)

Craig C.