Re: Upcoming Milstar launch 1x "comet"

From: ecannon@mail.utexas.edu
Date: Thu Jan 09 2003 - 23:00:10 EST

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    SpaceflightNow.com has an update on the January 21 launch, saying
    the launch window is 16:25-20:25 EST (add five hours for UTC/GMT).
    
    I've figured out that, unfortunately, by the time of spacecraft 
    separation and the expected fuel dump, the waning gibbous Moon 
    will have risen.
    
    It was kindly pointed out to me that I goofed the other day with 
    respect to the "2001 Milstar" -- it was 2002!  
    
    In looking around some more, I recalled Daniel Deak's drawings of
    Delta depletion burns.  It's a different type of event but in
    some sense kind of similar in nebulous appearance:
    
    http://satobs.org/seesat/Aug-1999/0223.html
    http://satobs.org/seesat/Feb-2000/0171.html
    
    In looking for Dan's drawings, I just found (somehow missed it 
    before) that the Nov. 7/8, 1997, event was photographed by Martin 
    Morin of Quebec, and an article by him in French with some photos 
    is at this location:
    
    http://www.caas.sherbrooke.qc.ca/cgi-cs/cs.waframe.content?click=17183&lang=1
    
    Earlier tonight I was able to see Milstar 3 Centaur easily from
    outside my office without binoculars.  HST did a nice pass before
    that.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
    
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