[amsat-bb] Russian Thing

Greg D ko6th.greg at gmail.com
Fri Jul 28 17:06:51 UTC 2017

Hi Nico,

Thanks for the information and insight.  Very interesting. 

Will be patient...

Greg  KO6TH

Nico Janssen wrote:
> 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 sides
> of that tetrahedral reflector has an area of only 4 square meters,
> comparable
> 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
> confirmed
> by any other source.
> 73,
> Nico PA0DLO
> 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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