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Re: SV: FTL Mines

From: John Leary <realjtl@s...>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 16:37:05 -0800
Subject: Re: SV: FTL Mines wrote:

> Very false assumption. What type of "active power" source are you
> talking about? And what do you mean freeze in space?
> There are satillites in long orbits right now that are powerd down
> and emit no radiation. They are back up Command/Control/Communication
> satillites. You can insulate against the cold/heat, (depends on
> whether your in the sunlight or shadow part of the orbit) and just a
> trickle of power, (Solar cells, or Radio-stope generated) would be
> more than enough to keep the systems on standbye, and preform self
> checks. If it is Radar/Sensor stealthed, you won't see it till your
> "on-top" of it, by which point it is too late.
Sorry, forgot to address this point in the last message.

     Satillites go thru a constant cycle of hot and cold. Charge and
discharge on the batteries, to maintain a reasonably low temperature
swing during the cycles.  Even on standby the satillite does this,
the transmitters may not be powered but low drain recievers are
always on to take commands.  If the batteries get drained, its dead!
     In space you cannot insulate against cold, all you can do is
reduce the rate of heat loss.  I guess the point here is that you 
can never hide the mine thermally if it has an internal heat source.

Bye for now,
John L.

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