re: New DMSP flasher

Philip Chien (
Tue, 22 Apr 1997 17:47:45 -0400

Russell  Eberst said:

>>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

Ron Lee <> said:

>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.

Here's two important web pages to check out for anybody interested in this
object -
-- go to the public affairs page, and then to the SMC Fact Sheets

there's plenty of information about the DMSP program and some excellent

I'm still at a loss as to why there are so many objects from this launch
and may try to look in to why.

Philip Chien [M1959.05.31/31.145//]