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[Fwd: Poor Reporting]
- Subject: [Fwd: Poor Reporting]
- From: Robert Jackson <High.Seas@breezy.com>
- Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 13:33:54 -0700
Dib9 wrote in part:
> Most of the stories about the satellite that went out of control have said
> that as a result of the problem, 80% of the pagers in the country do not work.
> This is not really true. Most pagers work off a local or regional network of
> towers and the satellites.....
>..... The only story that I have heard that got this right was during the noon news
> from NPR, but even in that case, the headlines read by the Maine Public Radio
> reporter going in to the news said that 80% of pagers nationally were not
> Dan Billings
> Bowdoinham, Maine
....and the phrase "spinning out of control" that was used might be
a little over-done. I cannot be absolutely certain because I have never
come across the specs for the Galaxy-4 system, but doubtless it
is in a geo-sync. orbit - motionless relative to the earth's surface -
"parked" thousands of miles above the equator - and not in a *low
earth-orbit* that we normally associate with satellite velocities
in the range of 17,000 to 18,000 mph.- and for those obsolete objects
in decaying orbits, that are truly rolling or spinning with no control.
But, there is a virtual flotilla of communications hardware in geo-sync.
orbit that, with the exception of predictable rare sun-earth alignments,
operate flawlessly most of the time. A 'nudge' of one of these
birds must be a mighty unusual event, I would think.