RE: SATOBS 2009 January 26

From: Ted Molczan (ssl3molcz@rogers.com)
Date: Tue Jan 27 2009 - 14:33:25 UTC

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    Peter Wakelin wrote:
    
    > I abandoned 06-27A / USA 198 in favour of following a nearby
    > bright object for which I could not find a match.  It
    > exhibited a small, long period variability as it headed out
    > toward apogee.  Cloud and fog precluded observation beyond
    > 1.6h.
    > 
    > SATOBS
    > 060270120180901261822504   01   12022545  +61414   2  5
    > 060270120180901261825489   01   12022833  +61296   2  5
    > 060270120180901261828474   01   12023119  +61175   2  5
    > 990000020180901261822504   01   12022262  +62064   2  5
    > 990000020180901261837102   01   12024147  +63175   2  5
    > 990000020180901261840087   01   12024522  +63304   2  5
    > 990000020180901261845062   01   12025172  +63506   2  5
    > 990000020180901261853022   01   12030205  +64196   2  5
    > 990000020180901261903566   01   12031613  +64530   2  5
    > 990000020180901261919486   01   12033670  +65306   2  5
    > 990000020180901261934360   01   12035553  +65537   2  5
    > 990000020180901261943315   01   12040644  +66020   2  5
    > 990000020180901261951275   01   12041604  +66073   2  5
    > 990000020180901261954259   01   12041971  +66081   2  5
    > 990000020180901261957244   01   12042311  +66087   2  5
    
    Mean motions near the operational Molniya value yield the most reasonable
    perigee heights:
    
                                                            97 X 37102 km
    1 91200U 09526A   09026.83153242  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    02
    2 91200  63.9190 338.3326 7409604 276.4948 145.9167  2.20000000    07
    
                                                           582 X 38125 km
    1 91200U 09526A   09026.83153241  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    01
    2 91200  63.9697 338.2654 7297057 277.6474 142.4337  2.10405303    01
    
                                                          1095 X 39275 km
    1 91200U 09526A   09026.83153241  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    01
    2 91200  64.0126 338.3252 7188442 278.9155 138.3533  2.00600000    04
    
    I found no correlation with any of the objects we lost in recent years. The
    plane is about 12 deg west of where I expected the plane of 08010B, which has
    yet to be found.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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