New DMSP flasher

Ron Lee (
Mon, 21 Apr 1997 07:23:49 -0600 (MDT)

At 16:59 97/4/19 +0100, you wrote:
>I have seen 97-12A on 3 passes, all at poor phase angles. It has been steady
>in all cases. I don't think the flashing object seen by Ron is either the
>"B" or "C" piece.  I guess that it is uncatalogued (or was at the time of
>Ron's observation) and will shortly appear in the catalog as piece "D" or even
>"E".  This is based on the experience with previous U.S. polar weather
>for example 94-57A, when both Peter Wakelin and I both spotted a fast flashing
>'companion' to the payload, which only later appeared in the catalog as 94-57E.

>best wishes    Russell  Eberst        

Amazing.... I read this post..then continue reading emails and found one by
Mike McCants that has the elements for the D and E pieces!!!

I ran the elements and it appears that I saw the D piece (#24777).  Now if
the weather will clear I will look BEHIND the other two for the E piece.

Amazing what the combined experience and expertise of this group can do.