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Re: question



So, to sum it up.

A satellite with a bad attitude and a bad altitude is really a bad thing.

Deon ZR1DQ

----- Original Message ----- 
From: M <wf1f@mediaone.net>
To: Matt Henderson <kb3drq@yahoo.com>; <sarex@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 9:10 PM
Subject: Re: [sarex] question


| Altitude
| is High above earth, which will vary.
| no satellite is in a circular orbit.
| All orbits are oval.
| Some orbits look very close to a circles, such as ISS.
| Others are very elliptical, such as A0-10.
| 
| The term Attitude is usually used when referencing
| the antennas or solar panels.
| If a satellite has a directional antenna, then you want
| the antenna pointing towards earth (a good attitude).
| If the directional antenna points away from earth that's
| a bad attitude.
| Even omni directional antennas have a good side and a bad side.
| 
| Solar panels also work best when pointing directly at the sun.
| Sometimes the satellite controllers need to make a choice, 
| better battery charging or better antenna pointing.
| The controllers do their best.
| 
| Miles
| 
| 
| Matt Henderson wrote:
| > 
| >  For a while I thought that when I read many reports aboutr
| > satellites and such that thge word "attitude" was just a
| > typo.
| > 
| >   What is attitude?
| > 
| >   What is the difference betwenn altitude and attitude?
| > 
| > =====
| > 73 DE Matt, KB3DRQ
| > Amateur Callsign: KB3DRQ
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