innovation to affect visible satellite observing?

From: Ed Cannon (edcannonsat@yahoo.com)
Date: Tue May 05 2009 - 19:35:23 UTC

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    The article referred to below discusses the possible
    future use of aerobraking using inflatable 12 meter 
    booms with a surface area of 250 square meters, so 
    a very high surface-to-mass ratio.  It specifically
    mentions Ariane upper stages in highly eccentric
    orbits.
    
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
    
    "How satellites could 'sail' home  
    
    "By Jonathan Amos 
    
    "Science reporter, BBC News  
     
    "The booms can be inflated with gas but need then to 
    be made rigid 
    
    "Satellites and spent rocket stages could soon deploy 
    'sails' to guide them back to Earth much faster than 
    they would otherwise fall out of the sky."
    
    It goes on from there.  Here's the link:
    
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8029899.stm
    
    
    
    
          
    
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