RE: Reentry of 14052B / 40142

From: Ted Molczan via Seesat-l <>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:54:55 -0500
In my previous message, I reported news of two additional COPV tanks found near the city of Santa Rita do Pardo:

I was uncertain about the translation of the locations. An article published today somewhat clarifies the locations and
includes photos of both new tanks:

My mostly machine-aided translation of the most relevant portions of today's article:

"The two other cylindrical objects found are identical to the first. Upon receiving the information, a team from Santa
Rita do Pardo News, along with the commander of the military police of the municipality, Fiori, went to the farms where
they verified the facts, finding a cylindrical object, black in color, in the midst of trees and pasture, on the farm
Borboleta (Butterfly in English), 10 km from the city, and one at Santa Rita farm, 30 km from the city.

According to the owners of Santa Rita, the object was found by cowboys who were working in the field conducting surveys
of cattle.

The other object was found on the farm Borboleta by chance, by an employee who came along and saw it between the trees."

I believe that the reference to "Fiori", is to Military Police Sgt. Fiori, whose name shows up in past articles that
mention the military police published by the same paper.

The article concludes with information that there have been reports of a fourth object in the area, but that it had not
been found (very rough translation).

All other articles I had seen prior to this one named one of the farms where the two new tanks were found as Loudival.
According to the present report, it is Borboleta. I am inclined to believe the latter, because the newspaper and
reporters primarily cover Santa Rita do Pardo.

I am still seeking the precise coordinates where the tanks fell, or at least the locations of the farms where they fell,
which are named Borboleta, Santa Maria, and Santa Rita.

The relative locations of the various debris objects are consistent with their area to mass ratios. Objects with the
greatest A/m tend to descend earliest. Based on mass and dimensions found in news reports, I estimate that the three
reportedly identical tanks that fell near Santa Rita do Pardo have A/m about 0.025 m^2/kg, and the metal annulus that
fell 160 km downrange in Andradina has A/m no greater than about 0.005 m^2/kg.

Ted Molczan

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