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Re: Spacefraft Aerodynamics [was:Re:AO-40: Plansfor April-June 2001]



Douglas Braun & Nadia Papakonstantinou wrote:

> At the atmospheric pressures where the satellite is, the classic concepts
> of "laminar" and turbulent" flow do not hold.  The reason is...

Wow...that's interesting. You mean near-space is *different* from being on the
ground? <giggle>

Seriously, thanks for the enlightenment. This stuff is
*interesting*...presumambly the drag is not *independant* of the spacecraft
attitude. But you have to wonder if it acts with any kind of moment arm,
exerting a turning force that would interfere with changing the attitude...sand
how that force would vary with attitude. 

73 de Maggie K3XS

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