Re: elsets/obs on newly launched objects

Bjoern Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Tue, 20 Aug 1996 00:34:30 +0200 (MET DST)

Mike McCants wrote:
>......
>Molniya rockets
>1 24274U 96045B   96232.46462993  .00278162  78318-5  37102-3 0   106
>2 24274  62.8036 231.5674 0165744 131.6246 229.9173 15.85091485   722
>1 24275U 96045C   96231.20114732  .00788250  78436-5  53231-3 0   154
>2 24275  62.8073 236.3868 0196321 124.1055 237.8890 15.86851817   528
>
>A new launch into sun-synchronous orbit
>1 24277U 96046A   96232.23225257 -.00000020  00000-0  10000-4 0    97
>2 24277  98.5903 308.2362 0014415 180.6476 179.5683 14.24509085   310
>1 24278U 96046B   96231.16103203 -.00000038  00000-0  00000+0 0    43
>2 24278  98.5753 307.0633 0351098 250.7819 105.5029 13.52623554   156
>1 24279U 96046C   96230.49531217 -.00000038  00000-0  00000+0 0    27
>2 24279  98.7614 306.3949 0300353 242.6661 106.2027 13.46330508    85

I observed from a temporary location 57.5 N, 12 E, the Molniya rockets
near Polaris , 96-46 A or B near zenith, and 96-46 C in Lyra.
(I missed the timing on the 46 A/B, so I can't identify it. Most
likely I missed the A object, 65 seconds after B, while estimating
its magnitude.)

In order of appearance:
USSPACECOM Intrinsic mag. Prediction error Flashing pattern
24275      +7.0           5 sec. late      Steady
24274      +3.0           6 sec. late      Three flashes, longer min in 5.50 s.
24278/7    +3.0                            Steady
24279      +3.3          12 sec. early     Long max., below +7 for 10-20 s., 
>100 s. period.



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