Re: no flaring from ANIK F1 at the same area of sky as Galaxy 11 did

From: Björn Gimle (
Date: Sun Oct 22 2006 - 05:48:47 EDT

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    IMHO, the rationale for "predicting" geosat flares 
    near the equinoxes is that designers/operators don't care 
    to point the solar panels accurately in declination.
    Rather, they leave them at 0 degrees declination, 
    so they tolerate +-23.5 degrees pointing error.
    Then, some solar panels may be a few degrees 
    off (temporarily?) without making much of a difference in efficiency, 
    only in flaring.
    ----- Original Message -----
    > Must be the difference in the orientation the
    > spacecraft would have, to point the antenna's at the
    > ground stations different company's use, just a thought of mine.
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