Re: possible DSP satellite

From: Mike McCants (mmccants@io.com)
Date: Sat Aug 13 2005 - 16:13:02 EDT

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    On Aug. 6, Steve LaLumondiere posted:
    
    >Just came in from watching the same satellite this evening.  With my focus
    >devoted to a single object tonight, I saw the first flash at 04:07 and
    >watched it flash until 04:19 UTC.  This was a very difficult object for
    >16x70s, and I missed a lot of flashes near the beginning and end of
    >this episode.  The flash period was almost exactly 2.50 seconds.
    
    Last night Ed and I looked for a DSP in the same place that
    USA 39 normally occupied for many years.  I was able to find
    it about 4:00 UT and I tracked it for over 30 minutes in my
    8 inch telescope.  Some flashes were visible in my 12x80 telescope
    and some flashes were seen by Ed in his binoculars in spite of
    a first quarter moon in that part of the sky.
    
    An extrapolated orbit from last December with a mean motion of 1.0027
    was a very good match for Steve's observations and my observations:
    
    USA 39 (DSP)
    1 20066U 89046A   05224.64723184 0.00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    02
    2 20066   8.6740  49.1293 0010000 308.5843  51.4227  1.00270000    02
    
    Mike McCants
    Austin, TX
    
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