Re: Milstar 6 Centaur Observed

From: David Anderman (davida@cwo.com)
Date: Sun Apr 13 2003 - 14:51:22 EDT

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    Perhaps this is a stupid question, but is the Centaur in 
    near-geosynchronous orbit? I thought that these only entered GTO, with the 
    payload providing the perigee raising maneuver.
    
    DWA
    
    
    At 06:15 PM 4/12/2003 -0500, Michael McCants wrote:
    >I posted two days ago:
    >
    > >It was tumbling from magnitude 9 to 10 with
    > >a period of 2.74 seconds.
    >
    >Last night the tumple period was down to 1.77 seconds.
    >
    >Elset from observations:
    >
    >Milstar 6 Cr
    >1 27712U 03012B   03101.57025979 0.00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    07
    >2 27712   3.7100 306.6070 0001000 222.0370 137.9733  1.00582000    00
    >
    >Before finding the rocket, I was suprised by Molniya 1-90 going
    >north to south at only 6000 miles.  When looking for the payload,
    >I tracked 92 84B, Superbird A1 Rocket at 17000 miles for a little
    >while before realizing that it was not near-geosynchronous.
    >
    >Mike McCants
    >Austin, TX
    >
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