RE: Does FSW 3, 04-033 A, 28042 really flash?

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@rogers.com)
Date: Wed Oct 06 2004 - 22:29:28 EDT

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    I responded to Bram Dorreman:
    
    > > last night at approx. 19:04 UT I saw FSW 3 with an 
    > unexpected optical
    > > behaviour:
    > > Its magnitude varied between +3 (or brighter)and invisible
    > > with a period between 4.5 - 5.0 seconds. Its appearance was F 
    > > (flashing). Is this suspicious or has it an intended rotation?
    > 
    > I don't know, but the flashing appears to be a recent phenomenon.
    
    A further look at my records, reveals that at least one previous FSW spacecraft
    flashed.
    
    FSW-1 14 (93063A / 22859) was launched on 1993 Oct 08 UTC. Russell Eberst
    observed it steady on 1993 Oct 22, but on 1993 Nov 25, he observed it flashing
    with a 3 s period. Thereafter, it flashed with a decreasing period.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
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