MSI payload observation?

Anthony Beresford (starman@camtech.net.au)
Sun, 26 May 1996 23:35:06 +0930

The following came from Gordon Garradd
Date: Sat, 25 May 1996 20:21:45 +1000 (EST)
From: Gordon Garradd <GJG@AAOCBN3.AAO.GOV.AU>
To: PHACB@CC.FLINDERS.EDU.AU
Subject: rocket motor burn this evening?

Hi Tony, any idea of what satellite may have had a rocket burn around 8.40
this evening? At 8.43UT I noticed a cone in the sky about 20 deg alt in the 
West. By then it was about 2 deg across, so must have been there for some
minutes prior to 8.43. It was quite obvious even with the moonlight.
I did not get accurate positions, but rushed doen the hill to get some fast film
and by the time I got back up the top 8 mins later it was gone.

Cheers, Gordon
[Gordon was observing from Loomberah, NSW (31.334S, 151.0461E)
The best I can do is  make a match with 199631A , the MSRI object
The latest elements on OIG this weekend give a pass at 0840 for Loomberah
A an earlier set from TS Kelso ( set 815) give a pass at 0816UT, and have
an appreciably different mean motion
from IOG

MSTI
1 23868U 96031A   96144.77104261  .00002939  00000-0  56000-4 0   188
2 23868  97.1073 335.6567 0016106 323.2161   9.4951 15.48866328  1058

Earlier set:-
1996031A                
1 23868U 96031A   96143.61733187  .00004690  00000-0  56679-4 0   172
2 23868  97.0867 334.4967 0002982  52.7761 307.3695 15.61220489   877

Any comments other observations?
Tony Beresford
Adelaide Australia