Re: Decay watch: 2000 May 13

From: tlj18@juno.com
Date: Mon May 22 2000 - 23:05:12 PDT

  • Next message: Ron Lee: "Re: Decay watch: 2000 May 13"

    >I had hesitated to include this in my Decay Watch list because it has 
    >a
    >relatively low Radar Cross Section of 0.61 m^2. However, SpaceCom has
    >posted a decay warning for May 17 10:59 +-2d at 59.6 N, 11.9 W. My 
    >own
    >calculations give May 17 08:59 +-22h. This enters eclipse near the 
    >South
    >Pole and leaves eclipse near latitude 52 deg N at 22:00 local time 
    >while
    >northbound.
    
    How small can a satellite be and be observed with binoculars during
    burnup in the Earth's atmosphere?
    
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