Re: SL-16 R/B 99014B flashes? March 03 '06

From: Robert Holdsworth (robbonz1@xtra.co.nz)
Date: Sat Mar 04 2006 - 02:34:35 EST

  • Next message: ykchia: "Re: SL-16 R/B 99014B flashes? March 03 '06"

    An interesting question.
    
    This was the first  Sea Launch  and the payload was 25661 99014A Sea Launch 
    Demosat.
    
    http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/database/MasterCatalog?sc=1999-014A
    
    http://www.sea-launch.com/past_demosat.html
    
    http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/spacewarn/spx545.html
    
    http://www.tbs-satellite.com/tse/online/sat_demosat.html
    
    Further details  can also be obtained by clicking the "Zenit" link on the 
    last listing above.
    
    According to http://www.russianspaceweb.com/zenit.html (which contains a 
    cutaway view) the ZENIT-3  was originally intended for launch of 
    geostationary satellites from Baikonur but was never used for that 
    purpose.and instead became a base for the SeaLaunch project.
    
    Here is an observation report from 1999:
    
    http://satobs.org/seesat/Mar-1999/0472.html
    
    
    (A previous posting gave TLEs which are superseded by the above.)
    
    99014B was observed by Greg Roberts 1 April 2005
    
    http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Apr-2005/0029.html
    
    
    
    Robert Holdsworth
    Wainuiomata
    New Zealand
    41.261S
    174.948E
    
    
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "chiayk" <chiayk1@singnet.com.sg>
    To: <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
    Sent: Saturday, March 04, 2006 2:40 AM
    Subject: SL-16 R/B 99014B flashes? March 03 '06
    
    
    > Hi folks:
    >
    > Tonight just before the system bomb out due to running of out-of-HDD 
    > space.I noticed there is a bright sat trail with x1 bright flash.
    > The trajectory and timing matches SL-16 R/B1 99014B - there is one single 
    > entry in PPAS..
    >
    >  My  question what object is this? And does it have mirror surface(s) or 
    > any one saw such flash before. ( or what i have seen happen to be a 
    > one-off reflection.. due to favorable sun-obj-observer angle?)
    >
    > rgds
    > ykchia
    > www.ykchia.com
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