OceanSat 1 and rkt Obs, 29 May 99

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Sat, 29 May 1999 03:32:35 -0600

Used 8" telescope to try to see all four objects from the recent
Indian launch.  Object #25759 seemed steady during the short viewing
time and should be bright enough for binoculars.  #25756 (OceanSat)
was noticeably fainter...probably difficult in binoculars.  I missed the 
other two objects.  May try those again on a higher elevation pass
when the moon wanes.  The pass elevation was 15 degrees.  My impression
was that OceanSat was spinning.    Obs around 05:07-05:09 UT on 29 May.

Ron Lee

OceanSat 1                                       740 x 718 km
1 25756U 99029A   99148.79205874 -.00000359  00000-0 -82607-4 0    95
2 25756  98.3869 245.8798 0015219 213.5200 146.4945 14.49096260   367
Kitsat 3                                         739 x 718 km
1 25757U 99029B   99148.79180991  .00000013  00000-0  15173-4 0   121
2 25757  98.3831 245.8761 0014792 215.9732 144.0467 14.49240607   367
TubSat                                           738 x 718 km
1 25758U 99029C   99148.23936097 -.00003067  00000-0 -79121-3 0   112
2 25758  98.3801 245.3239 0014675 221.3039 138.7049 14.49318160   288
OceanSat 1 PSLV-C2 r                             737 x 717 km
1 25759U 99029D   99148.23883998 -.00002792  00000-0 -71332-3 0   158
2 25759  98.3781 245.3227 0013868 212.7041 147.3303 14.49711462   284