[amsat-bb] Re: old satellites

Daniel Schultz n8fgv at usa.net
Tue Mar 17 20:21:56 PDT 2009

David, KG4ZLB asked:

>I was reading about the newly launched GOCE satellite and the fact that 
>its mission will end when its 40kg tank empties - that of course may be 
>a long time coming but as it has an S band transmitter, could this not 
>be tweaked for us once the mission is complete?

Given the low altitude orbit for this gravity mapping mission, I suspect that
the satellite will quickly reenter when the Xenon supply is used up.

Dan Schultz N8FGV

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