RE: OE Astro observed with Nextsat

From: David Anderman (
Date: Wed May 16 2007 - 09:24:39 EDT

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    Using the elements available from, the 2 satellites are 
    reported to be 4 degrees of longitude and 1 degree of latitude apart 
    right now, when flying over South America:
    I don't know how this corresponds to the visual observations of 2 
    nights ago, whether the satellites are still as close as was 
    reported, or if they are separating.
    At 06:20 AM 5/15/2007, Brad Young wrote:
    >Ted Molczan said:
    > >I observed Astro (07006A / 30772) on 2007 May 15 on passes at 01:59 UTC and
    >at 03:39 UTC.
    >I attempted the early pass from Tulsa, but could not see either object in
    >deep twilight. Ted has reviewed my observations of OE the night before and
    >advised me that I had 30772 and 30774 reversed. There were also some
    >positional issues with my previous post. So, I wouldn't use the positions,
    >but as Ted confirmed last night, the separation is about 0.5 degree. I hope
    >this is not indication of an anomaly with the mission.
    >Brad Young
    >TULSA 1
    >COSPAR 8336
    >36.1397N, 95.9838W, 205m ASL
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