Re: Leasat 2 R/B

Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Thu, 11 Mar 1999 02:21:12 -0600

Rob (ROBERT.D.MATSON@cpmx.saic.com) wrote:
 
] Was wondering if anyone has observed Leasat 2 R/B (#15244)....

The following is from Ron Baalke's "ORBITING EARTH SATELLITE 
HISTORIES" (through Nov. 1990):

http://bozo.lpl.arizona.edu/ftp/software/space/satelite.txt

] 15244 LEASAT 2 ROCKET/BODY:  Leasat 2 was launched aboard 
]       the space shuttle Discovery in August 1984 on mission 
]       STS 41-D.  For generic information on the Leasat RBs, 
]       see 20411.

] 20411 LEASAT 5 ROCKET/BODY:  The Leasat R/Bs are modified 
]       Minuteman-III third stages used as a perigee kick motor 
]       for the Leasat (also known as Syncom) communications 
]       satellites. Leasat 5 was launched in January 1990 
]       aboard the space shuttle Columbia on mission STS-32, a 
]       flight that included the recovery of the LDEF satellite.  
]       Visually the R/B has a firefly appearance in the fourth 
]       magnitude range at perigee.  The Leasat RBs are in 
]       eccentric GTO orbits and are only good visual targets 
]       when close to perigee.

Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA