Observing Program of the BWGS

Kurt Jonckheere (kjon@mail.dma.be)
Thu, 18 Mar 99 19:26:37 PST

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 370
satellites.

New in the E-mail archive :
- Updated overview of BWGS program containing
  all flashing satellites: PROGRAM.ROB
- recent observations : PPAS8-01.OBS


Send a message with Subject: archive get program/program.*
  to SeeSat-L-request@lists.satellite.eu.org to get the BWGS program
Send a message with Subject: archive get program/satmar99.txt
  to the same address, to get accompanying notes by Kurt Jonckheere (Satorama).
Send a message with Subject: archive get ppas8/ppas8-01.obs
  to the same address for the First update to PPAS 8, containing all
  new PPAS-observations.


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SATMAR99.TXT (about PPAS8-01.OBS PPAS update)
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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
h       highly eccentric orbit (GTO and others)


569 observations received from 22 observers :

BH     Brian Hunter            Kingston, Ontario         Canada
DD     Daniel Deak             St Bonaventura, Quebec    Canada
EC     Ed Cannon               Austin, Texas             USA
GC     Geoff Chester           Washington DC             USA
IPO    Ian Porter                                        Australia
JDG    Don Gardner                                       USA
JEV    Jim Varney              Sacramento, California    USA
JHR    Jay H. Respler          Freehold, New Jersey      USA
JN     Jim Nix                 Memphis, TN               USA
JPH    Jason Hatton            Strasbourg                France
KJ     Kurt Jonckheere         Gent                      Belgium
LB     Leo Barhorst            Ede + Alkmaar             The Netherlands
MJ     Michel Jacquesson       Sevigny-Waleppe           France
PDV    Patrick De Vreese       Moen                      Belgium
RE     Russell Eberst,         Edinburgh,                Scotland
RF     Robert Fenske Jr        San Antonio, Texas        USA
RGL    Ron Lee                 Falcon                    USA
RIK    Richard Keen            Coal Creek                USA
RM     Rob Matson              Belmont Shore, CA         USA
RO     Jean-Pierre Rohart      Wormhout                  France
ROD    Ron Dantowitz                                     USA
TC     Tristan Cools           Brugge                    Belgium

Special remarks :

Top-priority objects :
67- 45 B !     2802/Kosmos 158 rocket,NEW flashing according to Rohart
70- 85 A !     4583/Meteor1-6, started flashing acc to Chris Wyatt
74-  1 B !     07094/ C 628 rocket, MMjump in June 98, to be checked
78- 16 C !     12908, flashing period going down slowly !
78-109 J !     11136/C1 Kosmos 1051-1058: probably accelerated !
85- 79 B !     16012/C1 Kosmos 1680, accelerating ?
86-100 B !     17240/C1 K1808, accelerating according to Leo Barhorst !?
87- 18 A !     17527/MOS 1; flashing, period going down !?!
91- 19 B !     21153/C1 Nadezhda 3: has accelerated ! + MMJump
93- 20 B !     22591/C1 Kosmos 2239, accelerated according to Leo Barhorst
94- 24 B !     23093/C1 Kosmos 2279, has accelerated !!
94- 35 B !     23133/ Centaur AC76,  accelerating !
94- 56 A !     23230/Kiku 6 = ETS 6, still accelerating !
96- 15 B !     23817/Ariane 44P R/B, GTO, accelerated ?

NEW objects:
67- 45 B !     2802/Kosmos 158 rocket,NEW flashing according to Rohart
88- 32 A b     19045/Kosmos 1939/Resurs NEW flashing according to J-P Rohart
93- 77 A g     22927/Telstar 401, NEW geostationary flasher, some flashes to +2
95-  3 B h     23468/Centaur NEW
98- 71 A       25560/Swas NEW flashing
98- 71 B       25561/Pegasus rocket NEW flashing
98- 72 B       25568/Astrid 2 NEW flashing
98- 72 C b     25569/C1 rocket NEW flashing
98- 76 B       NEW flashing
99- 4  E       NEW flashing
99- 11 A       NEW WIRE was flashing after launch


Next deadline for sending in observations: April 30, 1999
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 (kjon@mail.dma.be)
Observations collector of the Belgian Working Group Satellites