NORAD switches 75-82 A and B;

jay.respler@genie.com
Tue, 9 Jan 96 06:26:00 UTC 0000

>The latest Satellite Situation Report contains the following entries :
>
> 8197 75-082A  KIKU 1 (ETS 1)        JPN   105.9  47.0  1102   975   2.1
> 8352 75-082B  N-1 R/B               JPN   105.9  47.0  1099   972   1.7
>10674 78-018A  UME 2 (ISS-B)         JPN   107.2  69.4  1220   974   1.9
>10675 78-018B  N-1 R/B               JPN   107.1  69.4  1216   973   1.7
>
>I think NORAD has switched the payload and the rocket in both cases. 78- 18 B
>is really the payload Ume 2, and 75- 82 B is really the payload Kiku 1.

It's not just the latest Report.  A check of the Report from Sep 30 '89
shows the same thing.

>Guess what the initial flash periods of 78-18 B (as reported in the PPAS
>archive of the Belgian Working Group Satellites) were ?

You can add these observations I made:

Sep 1 91  West. 25 deg el.  Flashing 2 1/2 sec  7.1 to >9
Sep 2 91  East. 20 deg El.  Flashing 2 1/2 sec  5.3 to >9

>76- 19 A (Ume 1) is identical in appearance (to 78- 18 B) : specular
>flashes with a low and almost constant period.

My obs:

Sep 21 91 West. 78 deg el.  Flashing 2 sec  5 to >9
Nov 5 91  East. 50 deg el.  Flashing 1 to 2 sec from 4-4 1/2 to >9

>What about the rockets ?
>The late German observer Horst Koehnke observed 76-19 B 20 times between

My obs:

Mar 92  East.  65 deg el.  Mag 8 1/2
Jun 92  West.  45 deg el.  Mag 9.2


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