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Re: AO-40 in one piece






>From: Bruce Bostwick <lihan@ccwf.cc.utexas.edu>
>To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
>Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] AO-40 in one piece
>Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2000 18:43:05 -0600
>
>>  > I wasn't aware however, that we had friends at NORAD...  Pretty cool
>>>  information to know.
>>
>>I would have thought that it is in NORAD's interest to keep an eye out for
>>any unpredictable happenings up there rather than a case of having friends
>>in NORAD.. (which there probably are anyway... )
>>
>>John, G1YYH
>
>If it's in orbit, NORAD wants to know about it.  They track and
>catalog objects as small as a machine screw, because at the relative
>velocities objects have up there, a screw or washer in the wrong
>place can go through a spacecraft like a round from a howitzer
>(Shuttles have come back with chips in the windshield from paint
>flakes!)  NASA tracks objects almost that small for much the same
>reason.
>>----

I dont think that NASA "tracks" anything except some active ranging with its 
crewed vehicles.  NORAD does all the tracking....they own with some 
exceptions of terminal tracking radars at the Cape and a very very few 
places all the RADARS.

Robert Oler WB5MZO
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