Gravity Probe B flare predictions

From: Matson, Robert (
Date: Mon May 03 2004 - 18:01:30 EDT

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    Hi All,
    Haven't contributed much lately, but wanted to let those interested
    know that I'm working the flare prediction issue with the GP-B
    Project Scientist.  It is not yet clear whether glints will be
    predictable -- should know early this week.  While the satellite
    main body axis maintains a very accurate orientation, the source of
    the glints is most likely the four solar panels, and my suspicion
    is that these may articulate with the seasons.  If so, the problem
    will be similar to predicting solar array flares from Iridium
    satellites -- difficult, but doable.  If it does prove possible,
    I may opt to simply add GP-B to IRIDFLAR and make an update available.
    (I need to make an update available in any case due to the recent
    swapping of identities for IR 11 and 20.)  --Rob
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