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originally posted by: wildespace
Yay, more Iridium flares?
The 2nd generation bus features only one main mission antenna (along with two solar panels). Unfortunately, the MMA is no where near as reflective as the first gen antennas, meaning that the age of Iridium flares most likely will come to an end after 20 years. The company opted for this simpler design because fewer parts were needed. The MMA’s surface also does not need to be as reflective as before.
originally posted by: humanoidlord
a reply to: wildespace
they are bad because a lot of people mistake them for ufos
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Shadowhawk
It was a beautiful launch. I haven't gotten to watch one on tv or online in years, so it was fun to see one again. I'd love to be able to be present for one.