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Some shade for Sunsat



Hi folks,

Today is the last day of a five month period for which Sunsat was 
permanently sunlit.  If the last days before this period is anything 
to go by, onboard temperatures will fall by around 10 °C during the 
next week.  Once the battery temperature drops below 20 °C (from the 
current 42 °C) Sunsat will be flipped over, to continue experiments 
with the high resolution imager.  The long term effects of the high 
battery temperature is still uncertain.  Hold your thumbs.  ;-)

PREDICT, by John Magliacane, KD2BD, was used to produce the attached 
table of solar illumination predictions for Sunsat.

73 de ZR1CBC, Johann


   Date      Mins/Day    Sun%       Date      Mins/Day    Sun%
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Sat 04Nov00    1440    100.00%   Wed 22Nov00    1173     81.46%
Sun 05Nov00    1429     99.24%   Thu 23Nov00    1175     81.60%
Mon 06Nov00    1387     96.32%   Fri 24Nov00    1173     81.46%
Tue 07Nov00    1350     93.75%   Sat 25Nov00    1151     79.93%
Wed 08Nov00    1318     91.53%   Sun 26Nov00    1168     81.11%
Thu 09Nov00    1305     90.62%   Mon 27Nov00    1143     79.38%
Fri 10Nov00    1274     88.47%   Tue 28Nov00    1154     80.14%
Sat 11Nov00    1280     88.89%   Wed 29Nov00    1155     80.21%
Sun 12Nov00    1264     87.78%   Thu 30Nov00    1127     78.26%
Mon 13Nov00    1234     85.69%   Fri 01Dec00    1148     79.72%
Tue 14Nov00    1245     86.46%   Sat 02Dec00    1125     78.12%
Wed 15Nov00    1213     84.24%   Sun 03Dec00    1135     78.82%
Thu 16Nov00    1227     85.21%   Mon 04Dec00    1138     79.03%
Fri 17Nov00    1208     83.89%   Tue 05Dec00    1114     77.36%
Sat 18Nov00    1200     83.33%   Wed 06Dec00    1129     78.40%
Sun 19Nov00    1200     83.33%   Thu 07Dec00    1108     76.94%
Mon 20Nov00    1180     81.94%   Fri 08Dec00    1128     78.33%
Tue 21Nov00    1192     82.78%   Sat 09Dec00    1116     77.50%


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  JG Lochner  ESL, Universiteit van Stellenbosch
  e-pos:      lochner@ing.sun.ac.za
  webtuiste:  http://esl.ee.sun.ac.za/~lochner
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