Re: Nanosail orientation info from NSD team

From: Allen Thomson (
Date: Sun Jan 23 2011 - 21:07:25 UTC

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    I'd think that the sail is mostly a specular reflector, so it would need to be in the right orientation relative to the sun (or sunlit portions of the Earth) and observer to be very bright. Is that right? If so, edge-on or oriented to reflect dark space to the observer wouldn't be all that observable.
    Perhaps those adept in doing Iridium flare calculations could provide some advice.
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