Superbird A0?

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Tue Dec 17 2002 - 21:42:12 EST

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    For the record, I just found that the owners of the 
    Superbird satellites call the one launched in 
    December 1992 "Superbird A":
    
    http://www.superbird.co.jp/english/superbird/a.html
    
    But SCC calls that one "Superbird A1" and the one 
    launched in 1989 (89-041A, 20040, the drifting one 
    whose flashes we watch) is "A".
    
    Among those of us who *like* actual names more than 
    numbers, I'm wondering about calling 89-041A/20040 
    "Superbird A0" or something else.
    
    ISS was beautiful earlier.  It was very bright until
    it got over in the east and dropped three or four 
    magnitudes, then stayed like that for a number of
    seconds.  I was watching from on campus without 
    binoculars or stopwatch.
    
    A couple of minutes later was a nice flashing pass 
    of UFO 2 Rk (22788, 93-056B), probably +2 maxima.
    
    Now I'd better get going home so I can watch 
    "Superbird something" if it's still clear enough by 
    the time I get there.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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