[amsat-bb] Re: AO 51 dimensions

Dave Guimont dguimon1 at san.rr.com
Fri Nov 7 20:00:46 PST 2008

>AO 51 is approximately 9 inches wide by 9 inches long and 9 inches 
>deep. About a half cubic foot in volume. Something like a 12 pack of 
>beer . . . . The ISS by contrast is 10,000,000 cubic feet or 20 
>million times bigger  than AO51. . . . ISS is only up 200 miles or 
>1,000,000 feet. I believe that AO51 is up 400 miles which would be 
>2,000,000 + feet. I can stand to be corrected on the AO51 height. 
>You can see the ISS visually in a clear and dark sky. It is big 
>enough and I encourage you to look for it. It is distinguished from 
>other objects by its speed across the sky. Maybe you have seen it already.


No contest on ISS, I started visuals on MIR....I think in 1980...

I was questioning those that saw AO51!!!

I used celestial navigation in WWII to find my way back to the 
carrier in WWII...  I certainly do not claim to be an astrophysicist 
or any of the disciplines. but I think a simple question deserves a 
simple answer...

Maybe I'm on the wrong page??

            73, Dave, WB6LLO
                dguimon1 at san.rr.com

                    Disagree: I learn....

               Pulling for P3E... 

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