Re: FW: Iridium 21 (97-34E, #24873) -- NO FLARE!

Tristan Cools (
Sun, 26 Oct 1997 10:36:12 +0100 (MET)

At 12:35 24-10-97 -0500, you wrote:
>One should not assume that all Iridiums will flare per Rob/Randy's
>programs. Rather assume that Iridium 21, 11, 27, and 36 which are not in

Maybe we should keep a list with operational Iridium satellites.  

I think Motorola will de-orbit the Iridium satellites at the end of there
lifetime.  But these four satellites probably can't be de-orbited since they
can't be manoeuvred in their operational orbit.  
So we will have to deal with functional and non-functional Iridium
satellites.  It should be better to delete Iridium 21,11,27 and 36 from your
Iridium flare prediction file if you want to have a successful Iridium flare


Tristan Cools
BWGS Member - Belgian Working Group Satellites

Observing at:

Damse Vaart: 3.2486E/51.2279N
Rijckevelde: 3.2867E/51.2054N
Brugge:      3.1611E/51.2108N