[amsat-bb] Russian Thing

Nico Janssen hamsat at xs4all.nl
Fri Jul 28 12:48:40 UTC 2017

The reflector system of Mayak has not been deployed (yet).

The Mayak team has been remarkably quiet since the launch of the satellite.
They have not published any information at all on the status of Mayak after
launch. After creating such a crazy media hype, you would expect them to
publish further updates on the progress of their project.

If they eventually manage to deploy the reflector, then each of the four 
of that tetrahedral reflector has an area of only 4 square meters, 
to many large satellites and rocket stages. Although the reflector 
material is
more reflective, you should only expect flares/flashes similar to the famous
Iridium flares, maybe slightly brighter.

Note that it is not at all certain that Mayak is object 42830. That was only
tentatively suggested on the Heavens Above site. But it has not been 
by any other source.


On 28-07-17 04:29, Greg D wrote:
> Has anyone heard if the satellite's balloon has actually been inflated yet?
> Greg  KO6TH
> JoAnne K9JKM wrote:
>> Hi Joe,
>> Heavens-Above.com now has pass predictions up for the new Russian
>> reflector sat "Mayak," listing it as NORAD ID 2017-042F/42830.
>> http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=42830
>> (that's the page but no predictions were actually listed the last time
>> I checked it.)
>> Plus Mayak has its own app, available to those who back the project.
>> See: http://cosmomayak.com/default#mobileapp
>> On 7/18/2017 9:42 AM, Joe wrote:
>>> While not really a Com bird, it still me be interesting to spot.
>>> Does anyone know of a tracking site for this?
>>> http://www.iflscience.com/space/russian-scientists-just-launched-a-controversial-artificial-star-that-might-anger-astronomers/all/
>>> Joe WB9SBD
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