Re: 18 Oct 99 Globalstar Prelaunch Elset

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Mon, 18 Oct 1999 12:13:09 -0600

>I have just observed a mag 4 S object from this launch (probably the
Soyuz) close
>to gamma Peg at 1999 Oct 18 16:56:21 UTC (only 30 seconds late with the elset
>above) using 10x50 binoculars. The Sun was only 6.2 deg below my horizon.
>Distance to gamma was about 0.8 deg (to the upper left of gamma).
>
> Rainer
> 9.6626 east, 53.7695 north, 9 m

Amazing. I would probably not even tried with it that light outside.  The IKAR
burn to circularize the orbit was at about 16:01 UT with deployment of the
satellites at about 17:05 UT.   I just checked and there are no elsets for
this
launch yet.  From the previous Soyuz launch we have these elsets for the IKAR
and Soyuz rkt:

Gstar33 Soyuz r  6.0  3.0  0.0  5.0 d   15       909 x 235 km
1 25911U 99049E   99266.99950103  .00146759  13233-4  75751-3 0    39
2 25911  51.9819 224.3858 0484484  83.7682 281.8229 14.98302401   195
Gstar33 Soyuz r2 (Ikar)                          957 x 899 km
1 25912U 99049F   99265.87626642 -.00000148  00000-0  00000-0 0    10
2 25912  51.9633 229.6076 0040145 185.1043 174.4428 13.90231806    21

So you may have seen the Soyuz or possibly the IKAR with satellites still
attached.  Try looking at the pass in about 20 minutes from now (18:37 UT).

Ron Lee

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