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Re: SuitSat Tracking



Thanks for the analogy.  Makes perfect sense.

On 9/21/05, Robert Bruninga <bruninga@usna.edu> wrote:
> >>> "A.J. Farmer (AJ3U)" <farmer.aj@gmail.com> 09/21/05 4:25 PM
> >...will SuitSat's orbit be pretty much in sync with
> >ISS and just lose altitude until re-entry, or should
> >it be expected to "lag" considerably behind ISS as
> >its orbit decays?
>
> For what it is worth, it has always fascinated me that
> something that "lags" in space, actually "leads".  "The
> more the drag, the faster it goes."
>
> Is completely counter-intuitive, but it is because things
> are traveling in a circle instead of a straight line.  If
> you have more drag, it makes you go "slower", but this
> actually makes you fall closer to earth, but the lower
> you go like a spinning skater bringing in her arms, the
> faster she goes.  So Suitsat will begin to lead ISS
> as it decays...
>
> de Wb4APR, Bob
>
>
>
>


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