RE: formation flying Tiangong 2 16-57A/41765 with ?

From: Erkenswick, Tom M. \(JSC-CM341\) via Seesat-l <"Erkenswick,>
Date: Sat, 8 Apr 2017 21:13:15 +0000
Shenzhou-11 undocked and landed back in November 2016, so it's not that.

I see no words in the English-language Chinese press to indicate that Tianzhou-1 was launched.  And the Chinese have been pretty non-secretive with their human spaceflight launches and events for several years, including live launch feeds.

Maybe it's the Banxing-2 microsat that they released in October while Shenzhou-11 was docked, the one that took images of the Tiangong+Shenzhou stack?


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From: Seesat-l [] On Behalf Of Scott Tilley via Seesat-l
Sent: Saturday, April 08, 2017 3:26 PM
Subject: Re: formation flying Tiangong 2 16-57A/41765 with ?

This would be Shenzhou-11 Module, 41868, 16-016G. Object is shows up in today's spacetrack data.


On 4/8/2017 12:53 PM, Tristan Cools via Seesat-l wrote:
> Hi all,
> Only the second time I observed the Chinese Space station as I get 
> only low passes here over Belgium, but what a surprise;  another 
> object was flying synchronous some 2deg SE of it.  Brightness about 
> mag +1 and the other object maybe +3.  Observation time 19:36UTC.
> Can somebody confirm this or is there any news ?
> I took some pictures of it, but with allmost full moon I would be 
> surprised if I could catch the two objects.
> gr, tristan cools
> Belgian Working Group Satellites/BWGS
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