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Space station to shift to avoid a close call with Italian satellite

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posted on May, 29 2003 @ 11:48 PM
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The U.S.-led international space station will make a small maneuver today to avoid a close pass from a 77-pound telecommunications satellite, NASA said Thursday.

The midday maneuver will ensure the cube-shaped MegSat 0 satellite passes outside an imaginary clearance zone surrounding the 170-foot-long, 400,000-pound space station.

www.chron.com...




posted on Jun, 2 2003 @ 05:18 AM
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Without being doubtful I'm just wondering what the hell is a communications satelite doing in Low Earth Orbit?



posted on Jun, 2 2003 @ 05:39 AM
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Low earth orbit allows for better clarity and relay of messages. Sats have been known to lose reliabilty with cloud cover and distance due to unknown anomilies. So the closer it is the better "reception" they will recieve. Not to mention high orbit space is congested as there is virtually hundreds of sattelites for GPS and such.



posted on Jun, 2 2003 @ 05:42 AM
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Yes true that is all right.
However a LEO satelitte would be kinda useless because to communicate with it you would have to have an antenna which tracked it as it orbited across the sky. Im just stumped trying to think of a purpose for a satelite which requires anyone using it to track it with moving antenne.





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