Re: Unidentified Geosat

From: Rainer Kracht (r.kracht@sh-home.de)
Date: Tue Jun 06 2000 - 05:19:40 PDT

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    > 
    > While prowling the the geostationary belt, I found a satellite that is not
    > in either alldat.tle or in Jonathan McDowell's geostationary orbit catalog.
    > 
    > It lies between Intelsat 709 (23915 96035A) and Intelsat 706 (23571 95023A).
    > >From timings of passage of stars, it is 0.55 degrees east of 706.  That puts
    > it at 52.41 W.
    > 
    > For anyone who wishes to check my arithmetic, a star reaches the UNID 131
    > seconds before it reaches Intelsat 706.
    > 
    > When I first observed it, back in December 1999, I assumed it was a very
    > slow drifter.  I spent the winter in the UK and didn't confirm the beast
    > until a week ago and it has not moved.  I have seen it several times in the
    > same position.
    > 
    > My guess is that it is a military comsat of some sort.  Any ideas??
    > 
    > Brian
    > 
    The Satellite's Encyclopedia (1995) has DSCS 3-05 (92-6A, 21873) at 52 West.
    
     Rainer
    
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