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Re: AO-40: Plans for April-June 2001



paul.willmott@omsl.bm wrote:
> 
> The orbit is stable even with the solar-lunar effects, if you look on
> Stacey's web site you will see 10 year integrations that show perigee going
> up and down due to sun-moon interaction on the S/C... this is normal.
> 
> For the S/c to de-orbit, would require the orbit to circularize first, ...
> its still very elliptical.

Thanks Paul, that's reassuring. Some folks had approached me privately having
the same anxiety, it's good to dispell fears that could become rumors. Sounds
like we have time to find out what this effect really is, and *use* it insted of
fighing it. 

  73 de Maggie K3XS


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