Satellite decay theory questions

From: Mike Rosseel (
Date: Thu May 18 2000 - 05:55:03 PDT

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    Hi everyone,
    I would like to request some info and feedback from the list regarding satellite
    decay. The reason is that a few friends and myself have decided to participate 
    in a 'scientific cup', and we would like to do a project based on satellites 
    and satellite observations. Currently we are thinking about doing something with
    Satellite decay.
    Specific questions :
    - how accurate is a typical satellite decay prediction ?
    - Is there a 'how to predict decay' web-page (preferably including formulas)?
    - is there some source code on the web, doing decay predictions?
    Our idea is to use a specific kind of neural network to optimise the 
    parameters for satellite decay prediction and see of we can improve current 
    predictions, or at least equal current predictions using this different 
    If anyone has other ideas combining theory and visual observations, we would
    like to hear them !
    Mike Rosseel      
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