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To: SunkenCiv

What would that do to communications satellites (GPS) placed in geosychronous orbits? Are they “smart” enough to automatically update their relative polar and equatorial positioning offsets?


21 posted on 10/03/2012 5:41:10 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: equaviator

No they would have to be repositioned manually by personnel at the ground station. I used to part of a USAF unit that was “flying” a geosynch bird.

The question would be, do they have enough fuel. Think spray cans. When they’re all out of propellant, they’re done.


33 posted on 10/03/2012 9:59:26 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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Good one! The satellites will wobble just a bit (they do that anyway, it’s an n-body thing) as the Earth shifts, and barring a big shift, remain in their geostationary orbits.


38 posted on 10/03/2012 5:33:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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