Re: Envisat Obs

From: Kevin Fetter (kevin_fetter@hotmail.com)
Date: Fri Mar 01 2002 - 02:27:49 EST

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    Hi Jaro and others
    
    Just to let you know you did see Envisat. You gave it way when you say you 
    saw an orange color. Envisat is covered in Kapton which gives it the orange 
    color.
    
    Other sats covered in kapton I know of
    
    Lacrosse sats
    UARS
    ERBS
    
    Here is a picture of the envisat
    
    http://www.envisat.esa.int/news/launch_housing.htm
    
    It's a big satellite !
    
    Waiting to see how bright it can get.
    
    Kevin
    
    
    From: "Jari" <finn1@telus.net>
    To: "Sat" <SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com>
    Subject: Envisat Obs
    Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 22:51:30 -0800
    
    Thanks to Ron Lee's Post Launch Envisat elset post i checked and saw that it
    would come out of shadow to the NW of my location. Since the Moon was up and
    the sky was hazy i used 10x50's. With my hands busy i couldn't check my
    watch but shortly after 06:31:12 1 Mar UTC, coming out of shadow time, i
    spotted a moving object in the expected direction, Az 320 El 20 deg heading
    to Az 339. It had an orange tint to it and i can't estimate the magnitude of
    it but it was easily seen with my binocs despite the sky conditions. I don't
    know if it was the Envisat itself or the rocket but i didn't see any object
    leading or trailing it but it was the object with these elsets:
    
    UNK                                              785 x 766 km
    1 27386U 02009A   02060.12060913 -.00000044  00000-0  00000-0 0    10
    2 27386  98.5327 128.7390 0013202 261.6647  98.2927 14.34878788    18
    
    Iridium A and Envisat in one night. Woo Hoo.
    
    Jari
    49.40N
    125.00W
    30m
    
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