Observing Program of the BWGS

Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@unicall.be)
Sun, 24 Nov 1996 21:22:06 +0100

Observing Program of the BWGS
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The Belgian Working Group Satellites has been active in collecting flash
period measurements since 1987. Our priority list contains over 200
satellites. 

New in the E-mail archive : Overview of BWGS program (including recent 
observations)

Send a message with Subject: archive get program/program.*
to SeeSat-L-request@cds.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de
Send a message with Subject: archive get program/satnov96.txt
to the same address, to get accompanying notes by Kurt Jonckheere (Satorama).
Send a message with Subject: archive get ppas/ppas6-07.obs
to the same address for the latest update to PPAS 6, which contains all 
new PPAS-observations.
To receive the all PPAS6 upgrades :
Send a message with Subject: archive get ppas/ppas6-*

Or ftp these files anonymously from ftp.physics.ox.ac.uk in the directory
/pub/sat/bwgs 

Our program can also be found on the World Wide Web at this URL:
http://www.rzg.mpg.de/~bdp/sat/programrob.html


SATORAMA

Our observing programme can be found in the Program.rob file.  
It is subdivided in categories, the codes of which can be found below.

b       flashing object for beginners
d       difficult to measure
S       steady object, potentially flashing in the future
?       flash period is unknown or uncertain
-       long flash period (>40 s)
!       top-priority object
	regular object

Special remarks                                 

NEW objects :
85- 87 B       16102/rocket Int 5A-12: NEW : flasher, rediscovered by VAG 
90- 81 T       20855/CZ-4 debris : NEW, seen flashing by Leo Barhorst
91- 50 F !     21610/Ariane 40 R/B : NEW, seen flashing by Vince Gardiner
96- 52 A       24304/Kosmos 2334 : NEW, flashing according to Leo Barhorst
96- 52 C       24306/C1 Kosmos 2334 : NEW, flashing according to RE, KJ, LB

Top-priority objects :
74- 63 A !     7411/DMSP 6: accelerating ?
80- 98 B !     12445/Centaur Intelsat 5A-2, accelerated ?
82- 30 B !     13128/C1 Kosmos 1349: seen flashing by LB !
82- 55 B !     13260/C1 Kosmos 1375, seen with short period by LB
84-  3 B !     14625/C1 Kosmos 1531, had a MMjump !! to be checked urgently!
85- 41 B !x    15752/C1 Kosmos 1655: short period seen by LB
87- 74 G !x    18340/F2 Tsyklon Kosmos 1875-1880: sudden acceleration ?
89- 50 B !     20104/Nadeshda 1 r, started flashing again acc. to LB !
89- 85 B !     20303/Navstar 2-04 second stage, flashing acc. to VAG
90- 78 B !     20775/C1 Kosmos 2098: could have been accelerated 
90- 83 B !     20805/C1 Kosmos 2100: Jump in Semi Major Axis, accelerating ?
91- 50 F !     21610/Ariane 40 R/B : NEW, seen flashing by Vince Gardiner
91- 59 B !     21667/C1 Kosmos 2154: going up again?
92-  8 B !x    21876/C1 Kosmos 2180: accelerating ! ! 
92- 20 B !     21938/C1 Kosmos 2184: acceleration discovered by Leo Barhorst
92- 30 J !     21984/C1 Kosmos 2187-2194: very probably accelerated !
93- 67 B !     22876/C1 Kosmos 2265 accelerated ?
93- 70 B !     22889/C1 Kosmos 2266: MMjump, also accelerated ?


Observers of October/November 1996 
 BD:    Bram Dorreman, Achel, Belgium
 KD:    Kurt Dequick, Kortrijk, Belgium
 KJ:    Kurt Jonckheere, Antwerp, Belgium      
 LB:    Leo Barhorst, Alkmaar, The Netherlands
 RE:    Russell Eberst, Edinburgh, Scotland
 TC:    Tristan Cools, Brugge, Belgium
 VAG:   Vince Gardiner, Coffs Harbour, Australia
 WV:    Willy Verhaegen, Wetteren, Belgium


Total number of observations received: 209

Next deadline for sending in observations: December 16, 1996 to Kurt Jonckheere
Sanderusstraat 15, bus 3, B-2018 Antwerpen, Belgium
or by e-mail to obs@physics.ox.ac.uk  

If you send your observations to Seesat-L, please also send them DIRECTLY
to obs@physics.ox.ac.uk.  This is just a small amount of additional work 
for you, but it makes live much easier for me.

Happy observing,

Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@unicall.be)
Observations collector of the Belgian Working Group Satellites


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