Observing Program of the BWGS

Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@mail.unicall.be)
Thu, 20 Aug 1998 18:13:04 +0100 (WET DST)

Observing Program of the BWGS
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The Belgian Working Group Satellites has been active in collecting flash
period measurements since 1987. Our priority list contains over 300
satellites.=20

New in the E-mail archive : Overview of BWGS program (including recent=20
observations)

Send a message with Subject: archive get program/program.*
  to SeeSat-L-request@lists.satellite.eu.org
Send a message with Subject: archive get program/sataug98.txt
  to the same address, to get accompanying notes by Kurt Jonckheere=
 (Satorama).
Send a message with Subject: archive get ppas7/ppas7-09.obs
  to the same address for the latest update to PPAS 7, containing all=20
  new PPAS-observations.
Send a message with Subject: archive get ppas7/ppas7-0?.obs=20
  to the same address to receive all updates to PPAS 7

The same program-files and PPAS-update may be obtained via ftp at the
following address (thanks Neil) :
ftp://ftp.satellite.eu.org/pub/sat/bwgs
files : - program.rob : overview off all flashing satellites
             (see also program.ro, program.rot)
         - PPAS7-09.OBS : latest update to our observations archive PPAS

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A high number of observers did sent their observations to SeeSat-L,
see the big list below.   Thanks to all !  Special thanks to those
who sent them in the correct format to the observationsaddress.

SATORAMA (=3Dsataug98.txt, observations in PPAS7-09.OBS)

Our observing programme can be found in the Program.rob file.
It is subdivided in categories, the codes of which can be found below.

b       flashing object for beginners
d       difficult to measure
S       steady object, potentially flashing in the future
?       flash period is unknown or uncertain
-       long flash period (>40 s)
!       top-priority object
	regular object
x       DRA object
g       geostationary object
h       highly eccentric orbit (GTO and others)


562 observations received from 28 observers :

AB      Anthony Beresford       Adelaide                  Australia
ANO     Antero Olkkonen         Ristiina                  Finland
BJG     Bjoern Gimle            Junibacken                Sweden
DAP     David Alan Pickup       Edinburgh                 Scotland
EC      Ed Cannon               Austin, Texas             USA
EV      Eric Vondra             Wampum, PA                USA
FR      Frank Reed              Scottsdale, Arizona       USA
IPO     Ian Porter                                        Australia
JDG     Don Gardner                                       USA
JEV     Jim Varney              Sacramento, California    USA
JPH     Jason Hatton            Strasbourg                France
JVS     Jan Vansteelandt        Leuven                    Belgium
KD      Kurt Dequick            Bredene                   Belgium
KJ      Kurt Jonckheere         Gent                      Belgium
MM      Michael M. McCants      Austin, Texas             USA
PDV     Patrick Devreese        Moen                      Belgium
PM      Paul Maley              Houston, Texas            USA
PN      Pierre Neirinck         Malo-Les-Bains            France
PW      Patrick Wils            Sint-Katelijne Waver      Belgium
RE      Russell Eberst,         Edinburgh,                Scotland
RIK     Richard Keen,           Coal Creek                USA
RM      Rob Matson              Belmont Shore, CA         USA
RMC     Ralph McConahy
RS      Robert Sheaffer         San Jose, CA              USA
TC      Tristan Cools           Brugge                    Belgium
WH      Wim Holwerda            Loon-op-Zand              The Netherlands
WN      Walter Nissen           Silver Spring             USA
WPK     Willie Koorts           Wellington                South Africa


Special remarks

Top-priority objects :
78- 16 C !     10669, flashing period going down slowly !
78-109 J !     11136/C1 Kosmos 1051-1058: probably accelerated !
85- 79 B !     16012/C1 Kosmos 1680, has accelerated !
85- 94 G !     16144/F2 Tsyklon K1690-1695, accelerating ?
87-  6 B !     17304/C1 K1814; MMJUMP + accelerated !
87- 49 B !     18096/C1 Kosmos 1850: accelerated again !!
87-106 B !     18710/C1 K1904, has accelerated, going up now
90-  4 B !     20433/C1 Kosmos 2056 has accelerated, going up slowly
91-  7 B !     21090/C1 Kodmos 2123 : accelerated !?!
91- 19 B !     21153/C1 Nadezhda 3: has accelerated ! + MMJump
92- 76 B !     22220/J1 Zenit,Kosmos 2219: accelerated ?!
94- 56 A !     23230/Kiku 6 =3D ETS 6, accelerating !
95- 12 B !     23527/C1 Kosmos 2310: small acceleration !
96- 15 B !     23817/Ariane 44P R/B, GTO, accelerated ?
96- 37 B !     23941/3d stage Toms EP, flashing, accelerating !
97- 17 B !     24773/C 2341 R, accelerating !!

NEW objects:
A number of highly eccentric and geostationary object were (re)discovered.
74- 26 A h     NEW 7276/Molniya 2-9
75- 42 B h     NEW 7902/Intelsat4-F1 rocket
77- 41 B       NEW, 10025/Centaur / rediscovered by Kurt Jonckheere
82-  9 A g     13056/Ekran8, NEW geosat, discovered by Jason Hatton
84-123 A       15427/NEW, NOAA 9
85-117 A h     16393/Molniya 3-27/NEW, discovered by Mike McCants
86-  3 B g     16482/Satcom K1 RCA/NEW, rediscovered by Kurt Jonckheere
92- 13 B h     21907/ Centaur AC72 NEW, Jason Hatton
93- 39 A       22694 NEW Galaxy 4, spinning since May 19, 1998=7F
95- 57 B h     23697/Centaur NEW, discovered  by Jason Hatton
95- 69 B h     23742/Centaur NEW discovered by Jason Hatton
97- 68 B h     25035/Centaur NEW
97- 77 B       25078/NEW Iridium 44, flashing
97- 82 B       25105/NEW Iridium 46, flashing
98-  7 D       25160/"fourth stage"NEW, discovered by  Patrick Wils, sa
98- 26 B       25320/Iridium 77 NEW
98- 35 B       25359, Thor 3 r, long period NEW


Next deadline for sending in observations: October 31, 1998
to Kurt Jonckheere, Noendries 15, B-9000 Gent, Belgium
or by e-mail to ppas@lists.satellite.eu.org

All observations are appreciated very much.

If you send your observations to Seesat-L, please also send them
DIRECTLY to ppas@lists.satellite.eu.org.  This is just a
small amount of additional work for you, but it makes life much easier
for me.

Regards,

Kurt Jonckheere
Observations collector of the Belgian Working Group Satellites