Re: Lacrosse Sighting

John Pike (johnpike@fas.org)
Fri, 24 May 1996 15:34:43 -0400

At 11:17 AM 5/24/96 -0800, Rob_Matson@cpqm.mail.saic.com wrote:

>Last night I got a couple accurate timings of Lacrosse 1's position

This is nice to know, particularly in light of what is anticipated to be the
launch of the replacement of this bird this summer. This does raise an
interesting question as to whether Lacrosse 1 will be deorbited, as was the
case with the previous KH-11 family to avoid surviving reentry fragments
from falling into the wrong hands, or whether the thing will just be left in
orbit, under the assumption that we will all be long dead before the thing
reenters.

>This satellite is not as "red" as I recalled it looking in the past.

What are the odds that this is the result of aging of the thermal protection
blankets??


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