BWGS Observing Program

Bart De Pontieu (BDP@MPEPL)
Fri, 04 Oct 1996 13:03:40 +0100 (CET)

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@iris01.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de
Send a message with Subject: archive get program/satsep96.txt
to the same address, to get accompanying notes by Kurt Jonckheere (Satorama).
Send a message with Subject: archive get ppas/ppas6-05.obs
to the same address for the fifth update to PPAS 6, which contains all 
new PPAS-observations.

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

Priority codes :

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
x       additional code for DRA project 

New objects in this month's program :

68- 40 A       3229/Kosmos 220 NEW, discovered by RE 
71-  6 B       4882/Intelsat 4-F2 rocket, NEW rediscoved by MM
75- 52 M       NEW, seen flashing by RE 
76- 42 B       8840/Centaur AC38 : NEW, rediscovered by MM 
77- 54 D       10093/Molniya 1-37 launcher NEW, discovered by MM
82- 55 B !     NEW, seen with short period by LB
84- 59 A       15039/Navstar 1: NEW, flashing according to LB 
85- 15 C       15562/Ariane third stage NEW, flashing according to MM
89- 50 B !     20104/Nadeshda 1 r, NEW, started flashing again acc. to LB !
89- 85 B !     20303/Navstar 2-04 second stage, NEW, flashing acc. to VAG
92- 19 C       21932/Pam D57: NEW, flashing according to MM 
94- 10 C       22997/third stage,H18 NEW, flashing according to MM 
96- 49 B       NEW, flashing according to RE 
96- 50 D       NEW, flashing according to LB 
96- 51 B       NEW, short period 

Top priority objects :

74- 63 A !     7411/DMSP 6: accelerating ?
80- 98 B !     12445/Centaur Intelsat 5A-2, accelerated ?
81- 59 A !     12553/NOAA 7: is going down a bit
82- 30 B !     13128/C1 Kosmos 1349: seen flashing by LB !
82- 55 B !     NEW, seen with short period by LB
84-109 B !x    15360/C1 Kosmos 1605: acceleration stopped?
85- 41 B !x    15752/C1 Kosmos 1655: short period seen by LB
85- 94 G !     16144/F2 Tsyklon K1690-1695: still going down? 
86- 62 A !     16917/Kosmos 1771: accelerated ?, seen with 8s by LB
87- 60 A !     18187/Cosmos 1867; has accelerated
87- 74 G !x    18340/F2 Tsyklon Kosmos 1875-1880: sudden acceleration ?
89- 17 B !     19827/C1 Kosmos 2004: might be accelerating !
89- 50 B !     20104/Nadeshda 1 r, NEW, started flashing again acc. to LB !
89- 85 B !     20303/Navstar 2-04 second stage, NEW, 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- 59 B !     21667/C1 Kosmos 2154: going up again?
92- 12 B !x    21903/C1 Kosmos 2181
92- 20 B !     21938/C1 Kosmos 2184: acceleration discovered by Leo Barhorst
92- 30 J !     21984/C1 Kosmos 2187-2194: very probably accelerated !
93- 36 B !     22676/C1 Kosmos 2251

Observers of August/September 1996

BD:    Bram Dorreman, Achel, Belgium
BJG:   Bjoern Gimle, Stockholm, Sweden
GM:    Gunter Monz, Peterberg, Germany
JEV:   Jim Varney, Sacramento, California, USA 
KD:    Kurt Dequick, Bredende, Belgium
KJ:    Kurt Jonckheere, Oostende, Belgium      
LB:    Leo Barhorst, Alkmaar, The Netherlands
MM:    Mike McCants, Austin, Texas, USA
NB:    N.J. Budd, ,Great Britain
PM:    Paul Maley, Houston, USA
RE:    Russell Eberst, Edinburgh, Scotland
TC:    Tristan Cools, Brugge, Belgium
VAG:   Vince Gardiner, Coffs Harbour, Australia

Total number of observations: 372

Next deadline for sending in observations: October 21, 1996 to 
obs@physics.ox.ac.uk  

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

Cheers,
    Kurt Jonckheere (kjonckheere@unicall.be)
  & Bart De Pontieu

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Bart De Pontieu --  Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, Garching
bdp@mpe-garching.mpg.de  --      http://www.rzg.mpg.de/~bdp/satintro.html
Join us at Eurosom 2, Oct 19/20 1996 -- http://www.rzg.mpg.de/~bdp/eurosom.html
BWGS-coordinator -- Flash editor -- SeeSat-L administrator -- would-be-observer
          "Nous sommes quand-meme tous des Europeens" -- TC Matic
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