Observing Program of the BWGS

Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@mail.unicall.be)
Wed, 4 Mar 1998 17:45:06 +0100 (MET)

Observing Program of the BWGS
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The Belgian Working Group Satellites has been active in collecting flash
period measurements since 1987. Our priority list contains over 300
satellites. 

New in the E-mail archive : Overview of BWGS program (including recent 
observations)

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  to SeeSat-L-request@lists.satellite.eu.org
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  to the same address, to get accompanying notes by Kurt Jonckheere (Satorama).
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  to the same address for the latest update to PPAS 7, containing all 
  new PPAS-observations.
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  to the same address to receive all updates to PPAS 7

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SATORAMA (=satmar98.txt, observations in PPAS7-07.OBS)

Our observing programme can be found in the Program.rob file.
It is subdivided in categories, the codes of which can be found below.

b       flashing object for beginners
d       difficult to measure
S       steady object, potentially flashing in the future
?       flash period is unknown or uncertain
-       long flash period (>40 s)
!       top-priority object
	regular object
x       DRA object
g       geostationary object

Special remarks

Top-priority objects :
71-116 B !     6779=NORAD 67-  1 X = Intelsat 4-F3 rocket, accelerated !?no MMj
78-109 J !     11136/C1 Kosmos 1051-1058: probably accelerated !
81- 33 B !     12389/C1 Kosmos 1263, has accelerated, going up again
85- 79 B !     16012/C1 Kosmos 1680, accelerated !?
85- 94 G !     16144/F2 Tsyklon K1690-1695, accelerating
87-  6 B !     17304/C1 K1814; MMJUMP + accelerated !
87- 49 B !     18096/C1 Kosmos 1850: accelerated again !!
87- 74 G !     18340/F2 Tsyklon Kosmos 1875-1880: still accelerating !?
89- 86 B !     20306/Meteor 3-3 R/B,  flashing according to Leo Barhorst
91-  7 B !     21090/C1 Kodmos 2123 : accelerated !?!
91- 19 B !     21153/C1 Nadezhda 3: has accelerated ! + MMJump
91- 29 B !     21231/C1 Kosmos 2142: accelerated again ?!
91- 46 A !     21533/Gorizont 23 geosat with slowly decreasing period !
92- 30 J !     21984/C1 Kosmos 2187-2194: accelerated or half period ?
95- 12 B !     23527/C1 Kosmos 2310: MMjump, accelerating !
96- 71 B !     24678/C 2336 r, has accelerated ! + MMJump

NEW objects:
80- 49 A g     11841/NEW, Gorizont 4 discovered by JHR
82- 20 A g     13092/NEW, Gorizont 5, discovered by Jay Respler (JHR)
82- 69 A       13353/ Kosmos 1386, NEW discovered by RE, flashing
83-118 A g     14532/Gorizont 8, NEW, discovered by JAy Respler
86- 90 A g     17083/ Gorizont 13,NEW, discovered by Jay Respler
87- 40 A g     17969/ Gorizont 14 NEW
88- 28 A g     19017/Gorizont 15, NEW, discovered by Jay Respler
97- 12 D       24777, NEW, debris, discovered flashing by Leo Barhorst
97- 34 E       24876/NEW, Iridium 21, flashing  according to Leo Barhorst


450 observations received from 11 observers :

AB:     Anthony Beresford       Adelaide                  Australia
ANO:    Antero Olkkonen         Ristiina                  Finland
DK:     Daniel Karcher          Wittenheim                France
JHR:    Jay Respler             Freehold, NJ              USA
JPH:    Jason Hatton            Strasbourg                France
JVS:    Jan Vansteelandt        Leuven                    Belgium
KJ:     Kurt Jonckheere         Antwerpen                 Belgium
LB:     Leo Barhorst            Alkmaar                   The Netherlands
PDV:    Patrick Devreese        Moen                      Belgium
RE:     Russell Eberst,         Edinburgh,                Scotland
TC:     Tristan Cools           Brugge                    Belgium

Next deadline for sending in observations: April 6, 1998
to Kurt Jonckheere, Noendries 15, B-9000 Gent, Belgium
or by e-mail to ppas@lists.satellite.eu.org

All observations are appreciated very much.

If you send your observations to Seesat-L, please also send them
DIRECTLY to ppas@lists.satellite.eu.org.  This is just a
small amount of additional work for you, but it makes life much easier
for me.

Happy observing,

Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@unicall.be)
Observations collector of the Belgian Working Group Satellites


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    observations collector for the Belgian Working Group Satellites: 
Send your observations of flashing satellites, preferrably in the correct
             PPAS format to ppas@lists.satellite.eu.org
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