possible fourth Globalstar?

From: Ed Cannon (edcannonsat@yahoo.com)
Date: Wed Jun 06 2007 - 04:25:17 EDT

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    On the second pass earlier tonight, at about 4:12-15 UTC, 
    Mike and I saw three of the new Globalstars.  A minute or 
    two after the third one another object came along that 
    seemed to be in a very similar track, although it seemed 
    fainter to me than the others, and I didn't come up with 
    a match using Findsat.  On the other hand, the Findsat 
    results seem to indicate that maybe the first one had 
    already gone by when we looked. The objects (as of this 
    morning, so far) are:
    
    31571 07-020A "Globalstar A"
    31572 07-020B "Fregat Deb"
    31573 07-020C "Globalstar B"
    31574 07-020D "Globalstar C"
    31574 07-020F "Globalstar D"
    
    On the first pass, the order of the predictions I had 
    (possibly with different elements?) was:
    
    31573
    31571
    31574
    31576
    
    and I did not get a prediction on that pass for 31572 (or 
    maybe I deleted it due to being in a hurry and noticing only
    its common name and not noticing that its number was in the 
    above sequence).
    
    On both passes, object 31574 was supposed to be followed ten
    seconds later by 31576, but that prediction was not confirmed
    on either pass, and Mike was trying to find it with his 
    telescope.
    
    Anyway, I'm tired and must give it up for now and so that's 
    about all I can say about that, and I'm hoping that Mike will 
    clarify things.
    
    A flashing geosynch with a period of about 69 seconds was 
    seen very near the predicted positions for the Globalstars on 
    the first pass.  I haven't had time to try to ID it.  I tried 
    a couple of hours later to see if it was Gorizont 23 (91-046A,
    21533) but did not see that one at that later time.
    
    Ed Cannon - Austin, Texas, USA
    
    
    
     
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