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AO-40 Update, 2002-09-26

The command team has taken a set of images which just manage to 
capture  the earth in one corner of the field of view and allow us to 
calculate ALON / ALAT as below.  This is a  good ALAT to provide power and 
protect the cameras from direct sunlight.  Therefore, we have terminated 
the station keeping magnetorque and will begin drifting past the sun.  At 
approximately ALON =330 we can begin lowering ALAT.

M  QST AMSAT OSCAR-40                              2002 Sept 25
                         ALON/ALAT = 53/30
        ** ALON will decrease 20 degs/week due to M.E. **
      ** Passbands off in ~7 days as solar angles worsen. **

          The AO-40 team would like your telemetry files!
Please "zip" compress your daily telemetry files and e-mail to:

--- W4SM for the AO-40 Command Team

  Stacey E. Mills, W4SM    WWW:    http://www.cstone.net/~w4sm/ham1.html
   Charlottesville, VA     PGP key: http://www.cstone.net/~w4sm/key

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