Re: That was so ******* cool = 3 sat's flying in formation from newest proton launch !!

From: Bob Christy (bob@zarya.info)
Date: Tue Aug 07 2012 - 07:48:41 UTC

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    The launch was not successful, the Briz-M shut down seven seconds into 
    it's third burn. Satellites then separated on preset timer, probably 
    along with the APT - hence Kevin's four objects.
    
    Kevin's video is proof of the separation, as yet SpaceTrack has only 
    catalogued one object. Notes and orbit estimates: 
    www.zarya.info/Diaries/Launches/Launches.php?year=2012#044
    
    Bob C hristy
    
    
    On 07/08/2012 05:23, Kevin Fetter wrote:
    > I was checcking the space track site, and notice a tle from the proton launch a few hours ago.
    >
    > Catalog number = 38744
    >
    > So I aimed where it was predicted to pass, at around 4:08 utc.
    >
    > And I was treated to a oh so nice suprise, 4 satellite flying in formation, the 2 geo sat's, the APT and the breeze M rocket.
    >
    > Oh so nice :)
    >
    > That's the coolest sat pass I have ever had.
    >
    > I captured it on video, which I will post later, assuming no problem with the recorder. Time inserter was in use at the time of the pass.
    >
    > I was outside with the stuff this time.
    >
    > A very happy sat observer, as I might have seen a fast moving unid, at the start of the night, as it passed while I was observing a APT. I will have to check to see, to be sure. I don't think it was a bird, I could be wrong.
    >
    > Kevin
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