[amsat-bb] Re: Odd Question (answer-fixed)

Joe Fitzgerald jfitzgerald at alum.wpi.edu
Tue Sep 24 19:27:25 PDT 2013

On 9/24/2013 10:45 AM, Robert Bruninga wrote:
> Actually the impact concern is the AREA
  Which leads to a surprising problem.  Suppose a cubesat at the end of 
it's mission deploys some sort of sail intended to increase atmospheric 
drag and shorten time to re-entry.  Good idea right? Maybe not, since 
you are potentially increasing the number of square-meter-years in 
orbit. From an overall risk perspective, it might be better to leave the 
smaller object in orbit longer.

-Joe KM1P

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