Re: Obs request for new naked-eye GEO flasher

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Sun Apr 22 2001 - 00:18:47 PDT

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    >I may have seen another flasher about 1-2 degrees to the right 
    >and slightly below Superbird around 03:00 UT but Spacenet 1 got 
    >my attention because it was so bright.
    
    At 3:00 UTC, it appears that Superbird A was at about 26 or 25 
    altitude, 115 azimuth.  About two degrees to right was:
    
    Raduga 16   
    1 15946U 85070A   01103.70160667 -.00000309  00000-0  10000-3 0  9721
    2 15946  10.3099  35.5856 0003461 277.8084  82.1216  1.00347633 30023
    
    This object was discussed on Seesat once, but I don't know that
    it was established to be the object in question and don't 
    remember seeing any obs reported:
    
    http://www2.satellite.eu.org/seesat/Dec-2000/0070.html
    
    >I also have not found a picture of Spacenet 1 to get a feel for 
    >the reflecting surface(s).  I trust Ed will find one and even 
    >view it if the weather is good.
    
    I have not been able to find any image of an AS 3000 (formerly 
    GE 3000), which is what Chinasat 5/Spacenet 1 is.  A couple of 
    years ago Rob Matson posted some details on BS/Yuri 3A, which 
    is the same type of spacecraft:
    
    http://www2.satellite.eu.org/seesat/Feb-1999/0375.html
    
    Apparently it's not a very large object.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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