Re: SV: SEA SATELLITES

John W. Gardner, Jr. (gardjw@juno.com)
Thu, 26 Aug 1999 21:10:05 EDT

Greetings Jim,

Without doing any research to find what was the last launch
designation prior to June 30, 1981.  And thus using the large
assumption of all objects in orbit up to 12/31/81...

5303 objects total (payloads, rocket bodies and debris)

 663 primary payloads
 486 rocket bodies and/or secondary payloads

I used 13026U as the last 1981 launch.

No source used.  Just the result of a short program I threw
together reading this specific orbiting request from my master
reference file.


John Gardner,Jr
gardjw@juno.com

76.98569 W  39.00195 N   62.484m  ASL



On Thu, 26 Aug 1999 18:34:44 -0500 nixj@bellsouth.net writes:
>In June 1981 while sailing from Vera Cruz to Galveston about
>midway across the Gulf of Mexico I observed a magnitude 2.0 bird
>going from North to South (a polar orbit) my first satellite.  Never
>could ID it.  How many sats were in orbit in the summer of 81?
>
>Jim
>
>Björn Gimle wrote:
>> 
>> >
>> > At Eurosom, Paul showed video of Mir taken on a ship that I 
>believe was docked
>> > somewhere.  How often have sats been predicted and seen while 
>crossing the
>> > ocean?  This was an enjoyable first for me.
>> >
>> On 980515-16, cruising from Stockholm to Helsinki, I observed
>> 22:48 UT #11933 C 1206 rk descending after about 70 deg culmination
>> 22:56    #13403 C 1400 rk descending after near-zenith
>> (at about 59.35N, 21.14E)
>> 00:10    #23907 NOSS 2-3 rk high NNW (at about 59.5N, 22.1E)
>> 
>> -- bjorn.gimle@tieto.se (office)                             --
>> -- b_gimle@algonet.se (home)  http://www.algonet.se/~b_gimle --
>> -- COSPAR 5919, MALMA,    59.2615 N, 18.6206 E, 33 m         --
>> -- COSPAR 5918, HAMMARBY, 59.2985 N, 18.1045 E, 44 m         --
>> -- SeeSat-L / Visual Satellite Observer Home Page found at   --
>> -- http://www.satellite.eu.org/satintro.html       --
>

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