Re: SuperBird A - Question

Ron Lee (
Wed, 12 Feb 1997 13:54:26 -0700 (MST)

I believe that Superbird A was a Japanese communications
satellite that had a attitude propellant leak in Dec 90.

It is in supersynchronous orbit and at times flashes to
about magnitude 3 (naked eye).

We are trying to determine when it will flash again in the
US. This involves an understanding of the satellite 
configuration and spin characteristics.   People like Rob
Matson have  the smarts to analyze that.  I just observe.

Ron Lee

t 15:21 97/2/12 -0500, you wrote:
>As a novice to SeeSat-l with visual spotting experience limited to generally
>easy satellites I have a question.  Recently I have noticed much discussion
>on SuperBird A.  I checked a few books that I use to reference satellites and
>space exploration with no luck.  What is SuperBird A?
>John M. Nebl
>Schaumburg, Il., USA   (Near Chicago)
>88.07W   42.01N