USA 102 or (most likely) a DMSP?

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Sat Aug 17 2002 - 14:54:11 EDT

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    Last night I saw an object that appears to have been either a DMSP 
    (most likely) or just maybe (I wish!) USA 102.  Observing site was 
    BCRC -- 30.315N, 97.866W, 280m.  My attempted positional obs were 
    not good enough for me to distinguish between the following two 
    elsets, which produce fairly similar Quicksat output for last 
    night (2002/08/17 03:16:00-03:17:00 UTC):
    
    DMSP B5D2-5      6.4  1.7  0.0  6.4 v  6.8
    1 20978U 90105A   02226.82832741 +.00000303 +00000-0 +11706-3 0 02580
    2 20978 098.3306 282.0416 0075547 339.0595 020.7495 14.35250312612015
    
    USA 102          1.5  0.0  0.0  7.6 v    2
    1 76570U 94017B   02115.12912959 0.00009240  00000-0  11187-2 0    03
    2 76570 105.0290  67.4212 0021000 276.6353  83.3646 15.08406176    03
    
    Here's Ted's search elset from a couple of days ago (Thank you
    very much, Ted!):
    
    USA 102          1.0  0.0  0.0  6.9 v
    1 70001U          02115.12912960  .00010500  00000-0  67123-3 0    08
    2 70001 105.0290  67.4212 0021000 276.6353  83.3646 15.08406176    02
    
    I didn't check alldat.tle so it also could have been some other
    less likely object.  The most likely would of course have to be 
    the DMSP.  I did not see any variation.  I was using 10x50s.
    Other than the moonlight, the sky conditions were pretty nice.
    The site is suburban.
    
    A second "Thank you!" to Ted for his great reply on the newsgroup 
    message about age of Lacrosse elements.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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