Ed Cannon's new geosync flasher

Mike McCants (mikem@freeside.fc.net)
Sat, 1 Aug 1998 11:46:22 -0500 (CDT)

The geosynchronous mean motion proved to be a lucky guess
and the object was found as soon as I tried to look for it
at 04:30 UT August 1.  It was already flashing brightly
and started to fade soon after it was spotted.  I estimate
that it faded more than 10 minutes (and possibly a full 15
minutes) sooner last night compared to the night before last.

About 04:37, the secondary brightenings were timed at 19.9,
23.9, and 25.7 seconds after the preceding primary maximum.
A time of 23.0 would be 1/2 way between the primary maxima
which occur every 46.0 seconds.

The primary maxima became very faint by 05:02 UT.

The elset determined yesterday fit the observations within
a few seconds:

New Unk       
1 98002U          98211.70207519  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    03
2 98002   5.0000  65.1003 0001000 253.3126 106.6874  1.00270000    06

Mike McCants
Austin, Tx