archiv~1: Re: SETI log, identify, and track LEO signal sources?

Re: SETI log, identify, and track LEO signal sources?

Wayne Shanks ( )
Tue, 24 Nov 1998 23:36:14 -0500

Dr. H. Paul Shuch wrote:

> My understanding is that the hits which have proved most
> troublesome for Project Phoenix are from the classified military satellites
> which don't appear in the published lists. The GA Tech RFI Survey (linked
> from our Software Links page) lists some of these.
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This was the direction I was implying in the origional post.

making a list of undocumented satellites to augment the published lists.

I wonder how unpopular with the government this would make the publisher
of such a list?

I have heard stories about small academic optical telescopes being used
to actually take pictures of LEO satellites, upon which they get a
polite letter stating that such use of the telescope could endanger
future funding.

I seem to remember this story in a Jane's Defense Review article on Spy

We may not be in the same boat, in terms of government funding, but the
hard fealings could be the same.

Maybe they do not care....

Maybe we shouldn't care.

It is interesting that Ga Tech has such a data base.

Just an interesting thought

Wayne S