Olympus 1 and Superbird A

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Mon Apr 30 2001 - 01:29:27 PDT

  • Next message: Cees Bassa: "Re: Maximum distance to launch ground tracks"

    April 29, 2001
    
    Saturday night (early April 29 UTC) Mike McCants confirmed that 
    an unknown tumbling geosynch he had seen near Superbird A as 
    Olympus 1 (89-053A, 20122).  Its visual characteristics aren't 
    easy, so beyond saying that its brightest maxima were about +9 
    and the repetition period seemed to be about 6:45, I'll leave 
    any further analysis to him!
    
    Here are data on when in the last several nights that I've seen 
    a second flash episode of Superbird A:
    
    April 2001 UTC
    -------------------------
    04/19 - 03:23:40-03:34:20
    04/25 - 03:38:51-03:53:34
    04/26 - 03:43:25-03:58:15
    04/28 - 04:00:53-04:15:22
    04/29 - 04:07:24-04:22.14
    04/30 - 04:18:29-04:24.55 (cut short by clouds)
    
    I'd sure be interested if anyone anywhere else sees something 
    like that.  By the way, there was a lot of discussion of 
    Superbird A in February 1997, including the following message in 
    which Mike reported two separate flash episodes:
    
    http://www2.satellite.eu.org/seesat/Feb-1997/0153.html
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    Unsubscribe from SeeSat-L by sending a message with 'unsubscribe'
    in the SUBJECT to SeeSat-L-request@lists.satellite.eu.org
    http://www2.satellite.eu.org/seesat/seesatindex.html
    



    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Mon Apr 30 2001 - 01:30:41 PDT