Re: How Do They Do This??

John C. Broman, Jr. (
Sat, 30 Nov 1996 20:47:27 -0500

At 09:33 AM 11/30/96 -0500, John Pike wrote:
>Orbital Sciences Corporation has a most estimable online implementation that
>provides current footprint maps for its Orbcomm satellites, viz:
>Does anyone have a clue as to how they do this, and how one might go about
>emulating this gizmo [short of bribing them into selling me one, which given
>all the wisecracks I have made about their pesky Pegasus rockette over the
>years they are kinda unlikely to do].

As an OSC employee (I was the guy on this list who worked at NASA/Goddard
Orbital Launch Services, playing with Deltas) I'll forward this along to the
Orbcomm folks and see what might surface.  As the Avionics design lead for
EER (Conestoga), CTA (Orbex vehicle) and NASA (other rockets) I've always
enjoyed poking fun at Pegasus (the competition).  But in the end, they are
the only small launcher left, and the only launch vehicle company in the
D.C. area, so I figured I'd join 'em.  But I'm proud to work on a project IN


John C. Broman, Jr.
X-34 Lead Avionics Engineer
Orbital Sciences Corporation (home) (work)