Re: AsiaSat update

Tristan Cools (
Mon, 29 Dec 1997 22:37:38 +0100 (MET)

At 21:33 26-12-97 +0000, you wrote:

>Igor's post is the first indication I've seen that AsiaSat is to be
>subject to a de-orbit burn. My comments above (re surviving into the

That would be the first satellite in GTO orbit which would be de-orbited, I
think.  Is there enough propellant to do so, or will they manoeuvre the
satellite into a lower perigee so it will decay naturally at a faster rate ?

I tried to observe the satellite at a range of +-5000km but didn't see it.
Conditions were not very favorable(clouds, light etc).  Are there any
observations already ?

Tristan Cools
BWGS Member - Belgian Working Group Satellites

Observing at:

Damse Vaart: 3.2486E/51.2279N
Rijckevelde: 3.2867E/51.2054N
Brugge:      3.1611E/51.2108N