PPAS observation program: attention for 27870 2003-037C Cosmos 2400 rocket

From: Bram Dorreman (bram.dorreman@skynet.be)
Date: Mon Oct 03 2005 - 17:00:01 EDT

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    This rocket of the Cosmos type (SL-8; C1) experienced a sudden accelaration:
    Some PPAS observations:
    03- 37 C 05-09-02 02:57:46.1 AR 277.9 0.2 89 3.123 F; +6.5->inv; note b73
    
    03- 37 C 05-09-04 03:11:14 LB 92.2 0.2 30 3.07 F; +5->inv; note b74
    
    03- 37 C 05-09-13 03:19:21.3 AR 286.3 0.2 129 2.220 F; +7->inv; note b75
    
    03- 37 C 05-09-15 03:26:34.0 AR 200.0 0.3 91 2.198 F; +6->7.5; note b76
    
    03- 37 C 05-09-19 03:59:29.1 BD 149.7 0.2 69 2.17 A; +5.5->inv
    
    
    These observations indicate an acceleration of 0.8 sec within 10 days.
    Kurt Jonckheere used to check the TLE's before and after such occurrences.
    He sometimes found "Main Motion jumps".
    I did a similar check for this rocket and did not find such a jump.
    For those observers who want to: follow the flashing period and report it to
    me.
    This is a nice object.
    
    Bram Dorreman
    Collector PPAS observations
    COSPAR 4160
    51 16' 45.5" N  5 28' 36.6" E (WGS84) 35 m
    
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