PPAS reports plus a puzzle

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Wed Apr 20 2005 - 04:54:33 EDT

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    11416, NOAA 6 
    79- 57 A 05-04-17 02:02:40   EC   91.7 0.5   7 13.1
    
    22997, Shi Jian 4 Rk
    94- 10 C 05-04-17 03:24:20   EC  168.4 3.0   6 28.1   
    28.37, 27.84, 26.83, 29.69, 27.31, 28.34             
    
    17083, Gorizont 13
    86- 90 A 05-04-17 04:00:23   EC  874.3 0.2  10 87.43  +5.5->i
    
    28538, NOSS 3-3 Rk
    05-  4 B 05-04-20 02:02:40   EC   91.5 1.0  19  4.8   +3.5->i
    
    12069, Fleetsatcom 4 Rk
    80- 87 B 05-04-20 03:34:32   EC  187.0 0.3  12 15.59  +4.0->i
    
    Puzzle.  Last Saturday evening I saw a fast flashing object.
    At first I thought it was an airplane, but its flash period 
    did not synch with WWV ticks, and it looked more like a 
    satellite than an airplane light.  So I started timing it.  
    I got a total of 80 cycles in 103.5 seconds = 1.294 second.  
    Now here's the problem:  It was going down in the west -- 
    extremely retrograde, south/left of Aldebaran.  So it can't 
    be a satellite -- has to be an airplane.  About about six 
    minutes after it (strange coincidence?) was a pass of Ofek 5 
    (02-025A, 27434), though I failed to see it.  
    
    Saturday evening also Mike and I both tracked a west-to-east
    fairly high object for a couple of minutes, after the 
    conjunction of the unexpected Glonass and Intelsat Rk.  This 
    third object was not identified.  Mike has long said, "The 
    sky is full of satellites."
    
    Now I have three "pre-IDs" from last night but am out of
    time this morning.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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