Re: USA 144: The Mystery Deepens - Flash Timings Needed

From: Markus Mehring (
Date: Mon Aug 05 2002 - 09:05:10 EDT

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    On Mon, 5 Aug 2002 02:35:06 -0400, you ("Ted Molczan" <>)
    ...very good stuff.
    >Factoring in its apparent size, based on its brightness, suggests a mass
    >of several hundred kilograms, no more than 10 percent of the expected
    >mass of USA 144. Perhaps it is debris, or less likely, a decoy. If it is
    >USA 144, then it must be a very unusual spacecraft.
    At the risk of asking the obvious, but if it is debris, then where (and
    what) is the original "primary" payload? Debris of what?
    Considering its apparent brightness regardless of its rather remarkable
    altitude, I have always tended to think of a really huge antenna
    construction, or at least a similarly unfolding structure. Not necessarily
    a dish, but an antenna of sorts. Would that make sense?
    CU!	Markus
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