Re: Orbcomm Launch
Wed, 16 Sep 1998 21:20:10 EDT

In a message dated 9/16/98 8:02:53 PM EST, writes:

> wrote:
>  > >From Florida Today:
>  > An Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket is to launch on the third ORBCOMM 
> delivery mission on Sept. 22. 
>  > Are there any visibility predictions for the East Coast, USA?
>  Are the Orbcomm satellites actually visible? I believe they are quite
>  small with not much surface area to reflect sunlight. They sure pump out
>  a powerful radio signal though.

Actually I was hoping to see the flame from the launch.  After seeing the
Shuttle ascent from Maryland last September I pay close attention to East
Coast USA launches.

BTW - there are several photos of the Orbcomm sats in final assembly and
showing the stack-up in the Pegasus at:

Don Gardner
76.8419 W, 39.1796 N,  34m ASL