RE: TJM obs of 2008 Nov 28 UTC; updated Lacrosse 2 elements

From: Ted Molczan (ssl3molcz@rogers.com)
Date: Sat Nov 29 2008 - 01:51:50 UTC

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    Allen Thomson wrote:
    
    > > Its mean altitude is now about 200 m higher. It raised its
    > > orbit about 100 m in mid October. 
    > 
    > Much off-topic, but,
    > 
    > I'm totally amazed that this large, complex, active LEO 
    > satellite retains some degree of functionality after 17 
    > years. Presumably it's been in near-daily use for most of 
    > that time, pointing its antenna at various objects on the 
    > ground, firing up the radar transmitter, etc.
    > 
    > Most impressive.
    
    Lacrosse 2 seems to be living up to Craig Covault's report in AWST 1988 Nov 07,
    pg. 25, that "the technology involved is highly advanced, involving a multitude
    of sensors designed for an especially long life."
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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