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Consider a large non-rotating sphere, and one series of satellites, series A, in free fall orbit at the same velocity and altitude slightly above its "equator" going from east to west. Forming a ring in which all the satellites are equal distance apart, and another series of satellites, series B, forming a similar ring but in the opposite direction. And that in space to both the North and South of the sphere were two space ships at rest with respect to the sphere, at a distance far enough away from the sphere that all the satellites could observe one or the other at all times. These two spaceships have synchronised clocks which flash a bright light every second.

My question is whether it is possible that all the clocks on the series A satellites could be synchronised such that they could agree upon when the flashes from the two space ships happened?

The reason I am asking is that if they could then there seems to me to be a contradiction when certain assumptions are made. The clocks in series A satellites could be in synch with each other, as could the clocks in the series B satellites. Yet each time a satellite from series A passes a satellite from series B they could observe each other firing torches off a mirrored ceiling and conclude that the clock on the other satellite from the other series was running slower than its own, as light appeared to travel a longer distance during for the same clock time (on the other clock). However since the clocks in each series would be in synch, each time a satellite from series A passed one from series B it could be seen the no more time had expired for the clocks on either series. So how could the conclusion that the clocks on the other series be considered correct if the interval between each time a satellite from series A passed on from series B was constant and equal according to the clocks in each series? The conclusion based on the assumption would appear to be contradicted by the experimental results of comparing the amount of time that had expired.

Admittedly this is quite similar to a thread that was closed, but the question is different. <forum feedback removed>

My question is whether it is possible that all the clocks on the series A satellites could be synchronised such that they could agree upon when the flashes from the two space ships happened?

The reason I am asking is that if they could then there seems to me to be a contradiction when certain assumptions are made. The clocks in series A satellites could be in synch with each other, as could the clocks in the series B satellites. Yet each time a satellite from series A passes a satellite from series B they could observe each other firing torches off a mirrored ceiling and conclude that the clock on the other satellite from the other series was running slower than its own, as light appeared to travel a longer distance during for the same clock time (on the other clock). However since the clocks in each series would be in synch, each time a satellite from series A passed one from series B it could be seen the no more time had expired for the clocks on either series. So how could the conclusion that the clocks on the other series be considered correct if the interval between each time a satellite from series A passed on from series B was constant and equal according to the clocks in each series? The conclusion based on the assumption would appear to be contradicted by the experimental results of comparing the amount of time that had expired.

Admittedly this is quite similar to a thread that was closed, but the question is different. <forum feedback removed>

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