RE: NOSS Range

From: Ted Molczan (ssl3molcz@rogers.com)
Date: Sat May 30 2009 - 15:55:34 UTC

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    Art Glick wrote:
    
    > At 04:36 AM 5/30/2009, Ted wrote:
    > >Standard magnitude (1000 km, 90 deg phase angle) of 90050A 
    > >and 91076A is about 5.1; 96029A is about 5.6; their coefficient
    > >of phase is nearly zero, so their magnitude is mostly affected
    > >by range. At mid-northern latitude, closest range is
    > >8500 - 9000 km, with predicted mag 9 to 10.
    > 
    > Did you really mean 850 - 900 km, Ted?  At 38 degrees N, we can get 
    > passes down to 800 km.  I am otherwise confused.
    
    You are thinking of the NOSS triad payloads, in LEO. The "A" objects of the 2nd
    generation NOSS, aka SLDCOM, are in highly eccentric MEO orbits, with apogee
    ~11,600 km, which is always located near 63 N.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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