Re: Space debris in Namibia?

From: William Thompson (catbrusher@yahoo.com)
Date: Thu Dec 22 2011 - 21:12:57 UTC

  • Next message: Allen Thomson: "Re: Space debris in Namibia?"

    What about upper-stage debris?  The object looks to be
    the right size and shape for a Fregat propellant tank:
     
    http://www.russianspaceweb.com/fregat.html
    
    
    ----- Original Message -----
    > From: Alan Pickup <alan@astrowatch.org>
    > To: seesat-l@satobs.org
    > Cc: 
    > Sent: Thursday, December 22, 2011 3:56 PM
    > Subject: Re: Space debris in Namibia?
    > 
    > On 22/12/2011 17:19, Allen Thomson wrote:
    >>  Google Earth indicates there are only a couple of places in Namibia 
    >>  that could be, either in the vicinity of 17.5 S, 12.3 E or 18.0 S, 
    >>  22.1 E. Looking at the ground in the picture accompanying the article, 
    >>  I'd guess it's the first of those. So did anything reenter there in 
    > 
    >>  November?
    > 
    > The only non-debris candidate I can find in November is ERS 5 (#579 = 
    > 1963-14B), also known as DASH 1.
    > 
    > Spacetrack reported the re-entry on November 11 at 04:01 +/- 40 minutes 
    > at location 51.3° S, 346.6° E. However, using Mike McCants's Latlong 
    > program and the final published elset, I get the following groundtrack 
    > about one orbit earlier:
    > 
    > UTC (Nov 11)   Latitude       Longitude
    > 02:37:00            19.3S            12.2E
    > 02:37:30            17.3S            12.3E
    > 02:38:00            15.3S            12.4E
    > 
    > Season's Greetings to all SeeSaters
    > 
    > Alan
    > 
    > -- 
    > Alan Pickup /
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    > Scotland  / COSPAR 2707:  55.8968N   3.1989W   +208m   (WGS84 datum)
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