Search elements of suspected Helios 2B-related UNID

From: Ted Molczan (ssl3molcz@rogers.com)
Date: Sun Aug 22 2010 - 17:36:43 UTC

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    Russell Eberst has reported a single point of a bright object, observed on Aug 22 UTC, near the
    plane of Helios 2B (09073A / 36124) and its rocket (09073B / 36125). It has the ID 9900000 in his
    report:
    
    http://satobs.org/seesat/Aug-2010/0269.html
    
    I offer the following search elements for both objects:
    
    Payload                                                  661 X 664 km
    1 70001U          10234.10273541  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    04
    2 70001  98.1000 172.0764 0002000 359.9709   0.1495 14.68520000    04
    
    Rocket                                                   605 X 666 km
    1 70002U          10234.10302294  .00000835  00000-0  11635-3 0    08
    2 70002  98.0454 172.7404 0043498  98.9212 261.6926 14.77151144    02
    
    The 70002 elset is a good fit to observations Russell made on Apr 07 UTC of a Helios 2B-related
    suspect, in addition to today's observation. The eccentricity is a guess based on an earlier launch.
    
    The object's brightness and orbital plane are closer to what I expect of the rocket than the
    payload.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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