Re: lost sat?

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Sun Nov 19 2000 - 12:55:29 PST

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    FWIW, there's a photo of an early Syncom satellite at this 
    location:
    
     http://roland.lerc.nasa.gov/~dglover/sat/syncom.html
    
    In the photo it's being worked on by two people, and it's 
    a dark cylinder apparently one meter or less in diameter 
    and maybe one-half meter in length.  It weighed 39 km.  
    This seems to me to be an object that SpaceCom should be 
    able to track.  Maybe the misfire of the apogee motor sent 
    it into an eccentric orbit that eventually was fatally 
    perturbed by the Moon and Sun? 
    
    It looks to be clear here tonight!  First clear weekend 
    night since six weeks ago.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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