Cosmos 1: positional observations welcome

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@rogers.com)
Date: Thu Jun 16 2005 - 18:04:20 EDT

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    Long-time SeeSat-L contributor Vladimir Agapov has contacted me and confirmed
    that positional observations made by hobbyists will be highly useful to the
    Cosmos 1 project, stating, "we would be grateful to all observers who will
    provide accurate positional observations for the sail."
    
    The Russian company "Space Informatics and Analytical Systems JSC" ("KIA
    Systems") has developed various software for measurements processing, catalogue
    maintenance etc., and is responsible for ballistic and navigation support of the
    Solar Sail flight, under contract to Lavochkin Association, which developed and
    produced the spacecraft for the Planetary Society.
    
    KIA Systems has created a special e-mail account, to which I will forward all
    positional observations that I receive via SeeSat-L or directly, including each
    observer's name, station name and coordinates.
    
    Observations may be reported in any of our three commonly used formats:
    
    http://www.satobs.org/position/posn_formats.html
    
    During the first day after launch, it would be highly desirable to report
    observations as soon as possible. The spacecraft will not have deployed its sail
    yet, so it will be faint, making early observation particularly challenging. Our
    normal speed of reporting is likely to be sufficient during the remainder of the
    mission.
    
    A reminder to interested non-positional observers: you can participate by making
    visual magnitude measurements or photographs of the sail. See my earlier post
    for links to details on how to observe and submit reports to the project:
    
    http://satobs.org/seesat/Jun-2005/0116.html
    
    Scheduled Launch Time: June 21, 2005 at 19:46:09 UTC
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
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