Re: Summer Quadrilateral; PPAS reports

From: Bram Dorreman (bram.dorreman@skynet.be)
Date: Wed Nov 10 2004 - 09:33:55 EST

  • Next message: Kevin Fetter: "NAVSTAR 56 (USA-180) still in transfer orbit"

    Hello Ed,
    
    While processing your PPAS reports I checked whether the object
    01863, OV2-3 rocket, 65-108 A would be visible from our latitudes.
    
    Then I saw its inclination was 26.8. Moreover I saw that this
    object decayed in 1975 according the RAE tables. Not strange when
    you see the low perigees the object(s from this launch) had.
    The data I found in that table are:
    epoch           i      Pn   peri  apo
    1965-12-26.1  26.38  589.26  167  33662 (km)
    1967-11-20.9  26.45  441.56  165  25568
    1969-09-16.0  26.53  289.4   184  16043
    
    Then I checked ALLDAT.TLE and the object is still present there.
    With program XLATE I get the following orbital data:
    epoch           i      Pn   peri  apo
    2004-11-07.2  26.77  393.5   332  22489 (km)
    
    So may be RAE-tables are wrong or a exchange of designations took place.
    Who knows more about this object?
    
    Regardless of the designation I suppose it might be visible from our
    latitudes when it is moving near its northern apex not too close to its
    perigee.
    
    Bram Dorreman
    Collector PPAS observations
    
    >
    > Here are some PPAS reports from November 6 and 7 UTC:
    >
    > 01863, OV2-3 Transtage 3C Rk (plus payload? -- Note to Dan Deak:
    > this one is a fast flasher.)
    > 65-108 A 04-11-06 01:59:50   EC    5.4 0.2   8  0.67
    >
    
    
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Subscribe/Unsubscribe info, Frequently Asked Questions, SeeSat-L archive:  
    http://www.satobs.org/seesat/seesatindex.html
    



    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Wed Nov 10 2004 - 10:40:47 EST