Okean 01-7 hig res OBS >Aug 24 2010

From: Ralf Vandebergh (ralf.vandebergh@home.nl)
Date: Thu Aug 26 2010 - 14:12:08 UTC

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    subject: Okean 01-7 hig res OBS >Aug 24 2010
    I was quite surprised by the appearance of this spacecraft when I first saw 
    the frames; a widely resolved body with 2 bright ends and a fainter mid-part,
    The object (here in a 85 W culm pass, so imaged near to closest distance)
    appears considerably large for a distance over 600km. 
    For an approximate comparison; ERS-2, which I captured with the same imaging-
    scale a few minutes later, appeared not much bigger then one of the 2 brighter
    ends in the Okean image.
    Another surprise was found during research when I found that the Okean satellite 
    is one of the few objects with no Wikipedia article involved yet...There is still 
    sufficient information available on the specialized sites but I'm still searching 
    for information about dimensions of this spacecraft.
    Mass of the satellites should be 1,950 kg (4,290 lb). The later types were the Sich.
    The captured Okean 7 is launched in 1994.
    Best regards,
    Ralf Vandebergh
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