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Robert Pearlman

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posted 02-11-2013 02:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Wall Street Journal profiles Papa Foxtrot's line of satellite and spacecraft wooden desktop models.
There are currently 1,154 active satellites orbiting the Earth. Of these, five have been miniaturized by the design-oriented toy company Papafoxtrot and brought to a decidedly lower atmosphere — a few inches above your desk.

The model satellites in the series are made of common woods — maple and ash — with mock solar panels and other shiny parts in aluminum. The toys are quick to assemble and reflect the broad range of tasks that satellites carry out these days.

The series currently includes five satellite (and spacecraft) models:

In the United States, they are available for order from for $30 each.


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From: Dundee,Scotland
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posted 02-12-2013 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robert_l   Click Here to Email robert_l     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have just ordered the Dragon model! Thanks for posting this, they look brilliant.


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posted 02-12-2013 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow! I've got to get one of those Geotail models. I haven't thought of it in years. It was an interesting mission -- particularly its orbit.

It traveled in a figure-8 between the earth and moon. The orbits would alternate passing on the trailing and leading edges of the moon whose gravitational attraction would cause it to speed up and slow down, respectively -- if I recall correctly.

That is, passing behind the moon tugged it forward causing it to speed up. Passing in front of the moon would slow it down.

Did a little work for Geotail's science program in the early 1990s. Investigators at Johns Hopkins decided they would like to view the data in real-time instead of waiting for the tapes to be shipped over from ISAS in Japan. So I set up a remote data feed on short notice in order to accomodate.

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