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West Ford Dipole Belt: Photometric Observations

W. G. Tifft, W. M. Sinton, J. B. Priser and A. A. Hoag
Science
New Series, Vol. 141, No. 3583 (Aug. 30, 1963), pp. 798-799
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1711730
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Abstract

Photoelectric observations of the West Ford belt of copper dipoles covering the period from 1 week to 1 month after the launching show a feature considerably wider than the announced belt width. The present belt is not injurious to astronomical observations from the ground but it could seriously affect observations made from low-orbiting satellite systems. Much stronger belts would seriously interfere with astronomical observations.

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