Re: Iridium 95 flares?

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Date: Sat Oct 06 2007 - 04:38:32 EDT

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    Spares are/were not excluded in IridFlar, since their attitudes
    are maintained, though possibly to a larger tolerance.
    I have predictions by IridFlar for Ir95 (and other satellites
    in that orbital plane) from about Oct.13 on (mornings)
    But this is with a very generous magnitude limit :
    My first for Ir95 is Oct.15; the first one with negative magnitude
    (H-A restriction) is Oct.18, and this prediction matches H-A's.
    FLARE221.TXT for IridFlar 2.21 says:
    Anomalous Satellites
    As of March 4, 2002, 15 satellites out of 95 that have been launched
    have either failed or decayed:  Iridiums 2, 9, 911, 914, 920, 921,
    24, 27, 44, 48, 69, 71, 73, 79, and 85.  Since their orientations are
    not maintained, and a stable orientation is necessary in order to
    predict flares, I've removed these satellites from the prediction list.
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    Has there been any observations of Iridium 95 flaring lately?  I ask
    this because Heavens-Above shows a flare at my location but Iridflar
    does not.  (31 Oct)
    Would somebody explain the difference please?  Is this because Iridium
    95 was a spare at one time and (I'm not sure) it was 'coded out' of
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