Satellites NOSS 3-3 (A) and NOSS 3-3 (C) a bit odd?

From: Bram Dorreman (
Date: Tue Aug 02 2011 - 11:20:06 UTC

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    NOSS 3-3 (A) also known as USA 181 catno. 28537
    NOSS 3-3 (C) also known as USA 181 debris catno. 28541
    During the August 1st evening I had two rather suitable transits of
    the NOSS 3-3 duo.
    The first one low in south east. When I saw them first I found the
    imaginary connection line between them a bit odd. Object A was much
    brighter than object C which was unexpectedly faint.
    I noticed a small slow brightness variation of object A.
    Was this true or was I hallucinating?
    The second transit was high norhwest.
    Again object A was much brighter than C and C was unexpectedly faint.
    Later in this transit object C brightend.
    Once again the connection line between the two satellites was a bit
    odd to me.
    As in these two transits the NOSS-objects seemed to behave odd
    I have the opinion to inform you. May be nothing is wrong.
    My three weeks forced rest, due to cluded nights, fooled me.
    My position observations were sent in separately.
    Bram Dorreman
    Site 4160: 51.27931 N, 5.47683 E, 35 m (WGS84)
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