Re: NROL-65 seen!!!

From: C. Bassa (
Date: Wed Aug 28 2013 - 21:32:53 UTC

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    Hi Alexander,
    That's great news! This confirms Ted's suggestion that the brighter
    object was the Centaur!
    I agree with your estimates of the brightness. The object which we
    believe is the payload seems to have the same brightness as the other
    Keyhole's in this plane (USA 129 and 186).
    On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 11:24 PM, Alexander Repnoy
    <> wrote:
    > Hi all,
    > I saw two unknown objects at 19:19 UTC near the north. The first object
    > was brighter than about 2 m, the second was weaker than 4m. The angular
    > distance between them was roughly about one degree. I also saw a faint
    > comet-like tail from the leading object, projected back to the trailing
    > sat - possibly it was the propellant dump of Centaur stage. The flight
    > path of the objects corresponds for Ted's elset for 79502.
    > Regards,Alexander Repnoy, Alexandria, Ukraine: 48N, 33E, UTC+3.
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