Re: ERS-1 lost, potential flasher

From: Bjoern Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Date: Thu Mar 16 2000 - 12:42:30 PST

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    At last an evening with only a few clouds, and I managed to see ERS-1 at
    60 deg el. NE. It was about 10 seconds early on elset below, but my memory
    stopwatch is still at Malma and I lost ERS while reading the time, and
    forgot the exact time before coming close to pen and paper. It was easy
    at about mag.3.8 and almost steady - periodic variation less than 0.5
    magnitudes, and if really present, the period seemed longer than 6 seconds.
    
    1 21574U 91050A   00074.37203819  .00000709  00000-0  26870-3 0   429
    2 21574  98.5490 149.7728 0036628  79.9240 280.6088 14.33756452453004
    Latest elset:
    ERS 1
    1 21574U 91050A   00075.76776846  .00000362  00000-0  14479-3 0   469
    2 21574  98.5501 151.1533 0036359  75.4717 285.0487 14.33760621453206
    appears to be off by the same amount!
    
    >ESA's  ERS-1 satellite fell victim to gyro failure last friday and is now
    >spinning at a rate of about 10 RPM. Since the satellite is quite similar
    >to the notorious flasher SPOT 3 , I assume that it's worthwhile to have
    
    
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