97011B (Centaur) Observed; DMSP Flasher

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Sun, 27 Apr 1997 23:02:45 -0600 (MDT)

Seen at 04:36:19 UT on 28 Apr 97 at RA 10:11.6 and Dec +12:02 (J2000)

Magnitude about 10.   About 50 seconds late using enclosed elset and 
Skymap SGP4 (revised to SDP?).

97011B
1 24749U 97011B   97115.05838735  .00174149  42521-6  16716-2 0   402
2 24749  25.7514  42.7899 6062057 241.1488  45.9849  4.05482701  1905

When looking at the orbital parameters for this object (about 159 x 
21032 km), it seems odd that it is not in a supersynchronous orbit.

That raises the question on whether the payload (Tempo 2) is very 
heavy since the Centaur is designed to take a payload (TBD pounds)
from low earth orbit to GSO.

Also attempted to see the dmsp flasher (#24777) but was unsuccessful
for the second straight night.

Ron