West Ford Dipole Belt: Photometric Observations

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Science  30 Aug 1963:
Vol. 141, Issue 3583, pp. 798-799
DOI: 10.1126/science.141.3583.798


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