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Re: SuitSat Tracking

I relate it to tetherball.
Remember playing it as a kid?
A ball attached to a pole via a rope.
Each time around, the line gets shorter, thus the ball getting
closer to the pole ever revolution increasing in velocity before
it finally hits the pole and you win! .. HI

73, Scott

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert Bruninga" <bruninga@usna.edu>
To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>; <farmer.aj@gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2005 5:50 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] SuitSat Tracking

> >>> "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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