Re: Specular cylinders (e.g. HST, Centaurs)

Tony Beresford (
Sat, 08 May 1999 16:03:59 +0930

At 02:18 8/05/99 , Mark A. Hanning-Lee wrote:
>Did anyone ever see the LDEF, Long Duration Exposure Facility? That was
>a large cylinder with flat end caps and samples of materials on the
>sides. Did it flare?
It was retreived in Jan 1990 I think. It spent its whole orbital
lifetime aligned with its length along the  local vertical.
So the end cap would be pointed down. As has been discussed before,
in relation to the non-Iridium LEO comsats,this means sun glints are
almost impossible to see
Tony Beresford