RE: Milstar 4 elements - Centaur propellant dump alert

From: Justin Ray (
Date: Tue Feb 27 2001 - 21:54:38 PST

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    The Centaur blowdown was scheduled for T+plus 6 hours, 57 minutes, 50 seconds.
    Justin Ray
    Spaceflight Now
    >I used 11x80 binoculars to observe the location of the Centaur for the entire
    >duration of its final burn, but I saw only stars. The sky was clear.
    >I observed off an on for more than 1 h after payload separation, mostly using
    >11x80's, but saw no sign of the propellant dump.
    >Clouds are rolling in, so I have quit observing after one last look, on 2001
    >Feb 28 at 05:20 UTC.
    >I found confirmation on Spaceflight Now that a dump was planned, but I have no
    >idea of the time.
    >Ted Molczan
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