RE: Masses of artificial satellites

From: Jos Heyman (josheyman@hotmail.com)
Date: Tue Mar 22 2005 - 16:39:12 EST

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    It indeed depends on which satellite you are talking about. It can range 
    from 5 kg for a nanosat to about 5000 kg for the average communications 
    satellite. And that's forgetting about two of the extremely small Oderacs 
    payloads of 4 February 1995 which had a mass of 1.5 grams (they were both 
    13.4 cm iridium dipoles) and, on the other end of the scale, the 
    International Space Station, of which I have no idea what the current mass 
    would be. But they are all, in my honest opinion, 'artifical satellites'.
    
    Jos Heyman
    
    >From: "Bram Dorreman" <bram.dorreman@skynet.be>
    >To: "SeeSat-L" <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
    >Subject: Masses of artificial satellites
    >Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 21:52:25 +0100
    >
    >To day I got the following question:
    >
    >What are typical masses of artificial satellites?
    >
    >The questioner did not specify his definition of artificial satellite. He
    >might mean the payloads as many laymen do not know that there is a lot of
    >debris up there.
    >
    >I do not know the answer. May be some one in our SeeSat-community knows it
    >or knows where to look further. Any answer or direction to an answer is
    >welcome.
    >
    >Regards from a rainy Belgium
    >
    >Bram Dorreman
    >COSPAR 4160
    >51 16' 45.5" N  5 28' 36.6" E (WGS84) 35 m
    >
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