Re: TJM obs of 2007 May 14 UTC

From: David Anderman (davida@cwo.com)
Date: Mon May 14 2007 - 01:30:46 EDT

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    Ted:
    
    According to the Boeing site:
    
    http://www.boeing.com/ids/advanced_systems/orbital/updates.html
    
    NextSat should still be within a few meters of OE (unless the web 
    site is far behind actual events, there was to have been a series 
    of   separations to a few meters, re-captures, etc., with separation 
    out to 7 km being the Grand Finale).  Maybe the mission is farther 
    along than the web site indicates, though.
    
    DWA
    
    
    At 09:59 PM 5/13/2007, Ted Molczan wrote:
    >30772 07 006A   2701 G 20070514022330100 17 25 0805997+272927 77 S
    >30772 07 006A   2701 G 20070514040240150 17 25 0854337+415178 28 S
    >
    >IOD format: http://www.satobs.org/position/IODformat.html
    >
    >Site 2701: 43.68764 N, 79.39243 W, 230 m
    >
    >I saw 07006A on two consecutive passes. 07006C / 30774 was visible 
    >on the first
    >pass, but too faint on the second pass.
    >
    >I have revised my estimate of the angular distance by which 07006C trailed
    >07006A on the first pass, to about 0.4 deg. This was at range near 600 km;
    >therefore, separation was about 4 km.
    >
    >07006A was at least 2 mag brighter than 07006C, and orange-red coloured.
    >
    >I looked for 07631A / 91117 from 02:53 to 03:12 UTC using the following
    >elements, but did not see it:
    >
    >1 91117U 07631A   07132.53574934  .00000587  00000-0  12695-1 0    06
    >2 91117  50.8982 161.6114 4883067 244.9397  57.5096  5.07303856    06
    >
    >It was predicted to be about magnitude 8.3. I could see stars at least 1 mag
    >fainter.
    >
    >Ted Molczan
    >
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