Re: Re: Molniya platform decay

Bjoern Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Tue, 3 Sep 1996 06:51:30 +0200 (MET DST)

Tristan Cools asked:
>Has anyone observed this or any other Molniya platforms ?  Is it faint or
>bright ?  I have tried to observe this one a while back but missed it....

I observed it on the evening of Aug.19, and sent message 3276:

>I observed from a temporary location 57.5 N, 12 E, the Molniya rockets
>near Polaris , 96-46 A or B near zenith, and 96-46 C in Lyra.
......
>USSPACECOM Intrinsic mag. Prediction error Flashing pattern
>24275      +7.0           5 sec. late      Steady
>24274      +3.0           6 sec. late      Three flashes, longer min in 5.50 s.
....

It probably decayed before midnight Aug 31/Sep.1

I had clouds on my last pass 19:40 UT in sunlight, and saw nothing on the
shadow pass at 21:10 either.

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