Re: 18 Oct 99 Globalstar Prelaunch Elset

Rainer Kracht (r.kracht@elmshorn.netsurf.de)
Mon, 18 Oct 1999 23:00:58 +2

> Soyuz/Globalstar, 13:32 UT, 18 Oct 99, Tyuratam
> 1 99999P 99 xxx A 99291.71111111  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    11
> 2 99999  51.9580 240.3600 0020010 225.8800 241.2830 13.93050000    10
> 
At about 20:24:30 UTC I spotted two equally bright objects from this launch
low in the West with 10x50 binoculars. After several seconds I noticed a third
trailing object. The third object got brighter and brighter and reached mag 2
at 20:24:55. Then the third faded to mag 6. The first one dimmed to about mag 8.
I timed the passage through 95/96 Her:

first sat:  20:25:09.6
second sat: 20:25:11.3
third sat:  20:25:13.9

I looked until 20:30:00 for other objects from this launch but found nothing
moving in the same path.

Time is about 37 seconds late with above elset.

Pierre Neirinck also saw only three satellites with the same spacing and wrote:
'Looking up and down nothing else'.

 Rainer
 9.6626 east, 53.7695 north, 9 m

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