Re: Need help identifying a flashing satellite

From: Christoffer Wallstenius (christoffer.wallstenius@gmail.com)
Date: Tue Aug 20 2013 - 02:17:23 UTC

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    Thank you Cees, and Russell!
    
    I am certain my mystery satellite is now identified! I loaded the TLE-data
    from Mike McCants site into STK and then also into Stellarium, and
    everything seems correct! I do remember that it passed very close to Caph
    in Cassiopeia, now when I could have a "re-run" using Stellarium.
    I must say it was a quite interesting turn to find out that I saw a part
    from a rocket that launched spy satellites. I will try to catch a glimpse
    of them tomorrow night, they should be visible from my location around
    22:42 UTC, passing pretty close to Capella in the Charioteer.
    
    Best regards,
    
    /Chris
    
    
    On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 8:30 PM, C. Bassa <cgbsat@gmail.com> wrote:
    
    > Hi Christoffer,
    >
    > Thank you for clearing up the issue with summer time.
    >
    > Russell Eberst contact me offline and suggested that you may have seen
    > the two halves of the payload fairing of the IGS 8 launch. These are
    > objects 39065/13002E and 39066/13002F. Both seem to match your
    > observation as they follow the same path on the sky separated by about
    > 2 minutes (39065 leading 39066). These objects are known to flash and
    > flare so I agree with Russell that one of these objects is a perfect
    > match for your observation.
    >
    > These fairing halves belong to the rocket that launched IGS 8A and B.
    > These are Japanese spy satellites. As such, the orbital elements of
    > objects belonging to this launch are not published by SpaceTrack.
    > Instead the observers here on SeeSat keep track of them. To run
    > predictions for them you will have to download the classified elements
    > by Mike McCants from http://www.prismnet.com/~mmccants/tles/index.html
    >
    >
    > Kind regards,
    >     Cees
    >
    
    
    
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