ETS 6 non-obs; Superbird A obs (again)

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Fri Nov 08 2002 - 04:12:16 EST

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    Last night was very similar to the previous night, 
    including that the weather was very nice.
    
    I looked hard for ETS 6 last night from about 5:00 to 
    6:00 UTC, without success.  (This was a different type
    pass from the previous night; this one was approaching 
    apogee and was nearly due west, about 32 to 22 degrees 
    above the horizon.)  It seems that perhaps the object 
    seen from Boulder, Colorado, was not ETS 6 (?).  (That 
    observer wrote that he watched on the previous night 
    -- Nov 7 UTC -- for an hour without seeing an object
    like that.)  He reported that in the first observation 
    of the flashing object with 20 to 22-second flash 
    period, about 5:00-6:00 Nov 3 UTC, it was about 45 
    degrees up in the southwest.
    
    Superbird A -- the first flash I counted for this PPAS 
    report was at least +3.5:
    
    94- 56 A 02-11-08 03:17:51.1 EC  192.1 0.2  17 11.30  +3.5->inv
    
    Observing site was 30.307N, 97.727W, 150m.
    
    Again before leaving UT Austin campus last night I saw 
    Shi Jian 4 Rk (22997, 94-010C) pretty easily one-power.  
    Both nights the range was about 2000 km.  It tumbles
    and flashes, but I didn't have my stopwatch either night.
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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