rapr unidentified May 06 Pittsburgh

From: Bjorn Gimle <Bjorn_Gimle_at_lector.kth.se>
Date: Wed, 31 May 1995 08:50:18 -0400
Robert Preston wrote in a mail about a daytime telescopic observation
on May 06 19:50 +-2 UT.
The object was only a few magnitudes fainter than Venus, suddenly
dropped another magnitude, and appeared to split in two, and was
reddish in color. It moved down toward the east (+-30 degrees)

A routine match to el950507.Z revealed only the 0.07 m2 RCS
Diamant fragment  67014  C

1 02684U 67014  C 95123.05863725  .00000349  00000-0  16330-3 0  3125
2 02684  39.9719   6.2430 0636920  57.0236 309.0107 13.57490240368343

as a candidate, though it was about 5 minutes later than observed.
It is possible that a flat surface reflection caused the brightness,
but not very probable. The Diamant rocket was an hour earlier, and the
other two objects' orbital planes were too far away.

67014  A
1 02680U 67014  A 95117.16017118  .00000201  00000-0  11677-3 0  5941
2 02680  39.4520 137.0768 0759894 295.8407  56.5870 13.27602197356283
67014  B
1 02682U 67014  B 95116.86164221  .00000000  00000-0  33960-4 0  4077
2 02682  39.4662  25.4434 0790456 334.0366  22.2643 13.21364030352763
67014  F
1 02685U 67014  F 95122.66244576 -.00000144  00000-0 -13422-4 0  3191
2 02685  38.9508 238.9094 0598243  68.0071 298.3087 13.69864564375424

I would really love to prove it was a satellite decay, and indeed there
was one on the 6th of May, the Raduga 1-2 SL-12 aux motor #21045 90-116 F.
It was in a 46 degree inclination, with 128 km perigee.

Raduga 1-2 SL-12 final
1 21045U 90116F   95126.53356072  .47913567  11754-4  56795-3 0  6630
2 21045  46.3519 192.4406 0145402  65.7990 296.1108 16.24472595 74913
90116  F
1 21045U 90116  F 95125.14519059  .14290477  10173-4  47497-3 0  6547
2 21045  46.3542 200.4420 0433600  55.9203 315.3975 15.50670565 74699

Alas, its last WNW-ESE pass was about 8 hours before the observation
so it is not a candidate !

For the moment, I give up. Maybe future NASA bulletins or SATSITs will
name more possible decays.

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Received on Wed May 31 1995 - 08:43:24 UTC

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