Re: CB Obs June 7, 2013; ISS and Persona launch

From: C. Bassa (cgbsat@gmail.com)
Date: Sat Jun 08 2013 - 00:05:08 UTC

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    Hi all,
    
    Marco, great that you also saw them. What a coincidence!
    
    The video from the pass is at http://youtu.be/jfsV1EhNW9I
    
    The objects belonging the the Persona 2 launch move from bottom to
    top, ISS moves from right to left.
    
    http://www.spaceflight101.com/soyuz-2-1b-persona-2-launch.html reports
    that the initial orbit is 200x725km. Taking that into account and
    fitting the observations for mean anomaly, RA of the ascending node,
    inclination and argument of perigee give these orbital estimates.
    
    1 99062U          13158.90762571  .00000000  00000-0  50000-4 0    03
    2 99062  98.1127 233.9569 0383736  71.4658 342.0793 15.34469783    02
    
    1 99063U          13158.90762571  .00000000  00000-0  50000-4 0    04
    2 99063  98.2337 234.1252 0383736  71.6380 340.3590 15.34469783    09
    
    The objects were quite bright and their speed across the sky reminded
    me of the final days of Mir. Two days ago I think I saw ATV-4 on its
    first orbit, and now these two. Maybe I need to observe a bit more
    with the Mk 1 eyeball :)
    
    Regards,
        Cees
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