Re: article on possible breakup of AMC 9

From: David Tiller via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2017 16:00:16 +0000
Perhaps it's an optical illusion, but if you hop around in the video, the large chuck that exits 'SE' of the main satellite appears to move closer later in the video. 

Stop the video at 3:30 or so and then click over to 5:31-ish. It appears to move back toward the sat. Again, it might just be an artifact of how the video was shot (zoom pulled out, etc).

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On Jul 2, 2017, at 11:53 AM, Bill Bard via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org> wrote:

> Looks like the flash started getting brighter/faster just before the one object separated. Then it seemed to diminish and then having brighter flashes again. My guess would be a solar array flew off although I would expect it to be spinning/tumbling too.
> 
> I would suspect a fuel leak or a momentum wheel slowing causing it to spin.
> 
> Bill
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>> On Jul 2, 2017, at 11:26 AM, ronlee--- via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org> wrote:
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>> Great video.   You can see one bright piece separate at the bottom and
>> drift away and two or more fainter objects.
>> 
>> The main piece is rotating and it is drifting relative to other
>> satellites...at least the grouping of three.
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