On 2001-11-07 11:33, SAMU wrote:
Other research strategies that I intuitivly believe will yield available data desired include finding, if available, the ambient tempreture of other derilict spacecraft. That data is applicable to Apollo 13 because 13 was for ambient tempreture balance resembalant to a derilict. Probably be a good method and one I will try. No big complex of research there or formuli , just a question of whether the data is available.
The afore mentioned strategy of BTU capacity is another.
Research into the data acquired by the Mercury and Gemini programs, which was used to base the design of the Apollo, would probably work but would be more complex and in my intuitive opinion less available.
Guesstimates of Apollo spacecraft albedo are in my intuitive opinion the only numbers available for an albedo based strategy. Because no engineer is going to base spacecraft design on attempting to measure the albedo of a complex structure like the Apollo spacecraft when accurate experimental data from mercury and Gemini is available. So a strategy reliant on measurements of the spacecraft albedo is In my intuitive opinion not going to yield accurate results because I think the measurements were not made.
I know that some inaccurate albedo guesstimates were made prior and applied to the design of the Mercury spacecraft. But from my information that strategy was discarded when hard data came from the Mercury flights.