92- 8 B accelerated; 96- 52 C new flasher

Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@unicall.be)
Thu, 21 Nov 1996 23:26:43 +0100

hello,

As already mentioned some days ago, 92-  8 B = 21876 has very probably
accelerated.
21876
1 21876U 92008B   96323.97562366 +.00001479 +00000-0 +15391-2 0 07884
2 21876 082.9212 299.0088 0036410 116.1578 244.3299 13.74514994238451

Its visibility period is over for most of the northern observers.
For our southern latitude observers, it will start a visibility period
of two-three months because summer is almost starting over there.
They will have the chance to see it every night!

Willie, Vince and the others over there, your turn now to follow 
this interesting accelerating rocket !

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On the same observation session where I saw 92-  8 B (last Friday), 
I also saw an unknown which I identified as being : 96- 52 C = 
24306 = second stage of Kosmos 2334 and Unamsat 2, a Mexican satellite.
It was flashing very nicely with a period of 2.7 seconds.
It was also seen by Russell Eberst in the beginning of November.

1 24306U 96052  C 96303.10815129 -.00000042  00000-0 -45059-4 0   474
2 24306  82.9330 165.2677 0026086 134.4766 225.8535 13.74211526  7367

According to the information of Tristan this rocket was also a C1 
Kosmos type with inclination of 82.9 and semi-major axis of about 1000 km.
To me it seems to be the first time that they use this rocket type to
launch two payloads.

Have there been modifications to the launcher to make this possible, or
are the payload so small that they can encapsulate two of them?
Are there other examples of such launches ?


I'm busy compiling the next PPAS update, it will appear Saturday.

Happy observing,

Kurt Jonckheere

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