Re: What's in a Name?

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Tue Jan 11 2000 - 18:24:28 PST

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    Troy <Hedgepet@stihl.de> wrote:
    
    > I have been following the thread regarding ETS-6 (23230/94056A).  I 
    > hope to catch it on its next trip around from southeastern Virginia.  
    > My question is, why does the Heavens Above web site call this 
    > satellite Kiku-6?  A search of Wade's Encyclopedia Astronautica does 
    > not turn up either ETS-6 (through an ETS-7 is there) nor a Kiku-6.
    
    I've found that at least some objects are not as easy to find on the 
    E.A. site as I would expect.  In this case, the series or project is 
    called "Engineering Test Satellite" (so that's where it's listed in
    the alphabetical index).  
    
     http://www.friends-partners.org/~mwade/craft/ets.htm
    
    That page (headed "ETS") lists six missions, Kiku 1 through 6, and 
    Kiku 6 is also called ETS 6:
    
     http://www.friends-partners.org/~mwade/chrono/19943.htm#4657
    
    I would think that at some point ETS 7 would be added to the group.
    
    Milstar 3 Centaur (25725, 99-23B) was visible at one-power from UT
    Austin campus this evening (Tuesday local); range was about 1,600
    km more or less.
    
    SERT 2 (04327, 70-9A) is one-power almost every night.  Tonight on a 
    near zenith pass it reached at least +2 at a range of about 1,000 km.
    I think these are actually long, slow flares, but I'm not certain.
    
    MSX (23851, 96-24A) is frequently visible at one-power and was about
    +3.5 a while ago at a range of about 1150 km.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    http://wwwvms.utexas.edu/~ecannon/satellite.htm
    
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