Re: Article on refuelling of spy sats

Fri, 29 Oct 1999 00:43:15 -0400

On the other hand, maybe we can follow the fuel truck as it moves
to a previously unknown sat.

Ted Molczan wrote:
> Looks like our tracking may be destined to become more challenging in the
> future:
> "With today's satellites, it is easy for an enemy to predict the craft's
> position, unless it changes course. But course changes use up the satellite's
> limited supply of hydrazine fuel and shorten its life. With a steady supply of
> fuel available to their satellites, controllers will be able to manoeuvre them
> at will, making their orbits more difficult to predict."
Jay Respler
   Satellite Tracker * Early Typewriter Collector
           Freehold, New Jersey

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