Re: MDS Fairing 2

From: Robert G Fenske Jr (fenske@rgfpc.electro.swri.edu)
Date: Tue Apr 29 2003 - 22:56:34 EDT

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    On Sun, 27 Apr 2003, Michael McCants wrote:
    
    > Since Fairing 2 has not been seen in many months, I take a look up in the
    > south every once in a while.  Last night I spotted an unknown object
    > on a proper west to east course.  I have taken a C elset and picked
    > each of the two mean motions:
    >
    > 1 99991U 02003X   03116.99808049 0.00001125  00000-0  41197-2 0    06
    > 2 99991  29.0038  51.7139 7197372  75.2828 284.7170  2.28982042    01
    >
    > 1 99991U 02003X   03116.99758975 0.00001125  00000-0  51900-2 0    01
    > 2 99991  29.0038  51.7139 7197372  75.2828 284.7170  2.27802042    01
    
    	Alright, I am finding getting around to responding.  Last Saturday
    I observed a pass of the MDS 1 Fairing 1 (02003C) in which it was flashing to
    0/-1 every 7..8 seconds -- pretty much the same as Mike described.  About
    half an hour earlier, from ~02:13 to ~02:17 27 Apr UTC (times are for
    culmination to shadow entry) I saw a similar pass by a unknown satellite
    (unknown in that I couldn't find a reasonable match to anything).  It had
    roughly the same flash characteristics, flashing to 0 or -1 every 7ish
    seconds.  I hadn't yet gotten around to tinkering with the outdated elements
    for MDS 1 Fairing 2 (psuedo cat # 90012), but now Mike has done this already.
    Either of the elements above gives a decent match time-wise, but the
    elevation is somewhat too high (85 deg vs observed 60-70 deg).
    	Too bad it's cloudy now ... the elements above show a pass for
    tonight.
    
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