[amsat-bb] Orbital lifetime of ARRISat-1

DeYoung James deyoung_james at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 7 05:59:49 PDT 2011

If you were a member of AMSAT-NA you would receive the AMSAT Journal and could have read the article I wrote for the last issue concerning the predicted lifetime of ARRISat-1. The paper presented predictions for up to a maximum release height of 370-km and there is enough information to extrapole to the higher release height as realized. The recent reboosts put the release height somewhat higher but I would guess a lifetime of about one year.  The actual Sun-state influences the atmospheric densities of the future that ARRISat-1 passes through will control the actual lifetime. Even tho I am all packed up to move to my retirement home I will write a short update to that paper using the actual release height and submit it to the Journal.  I would encourage everyone (if you aren't a member already) to join AMSAT-NA and read the journal there is a lot of good stuff there.
Jim, N8OQ

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