RE: UNID bright flasher

Matson, Robert (MATSONR@US-TORRANCE.MAIL.SAIC.com)
Thu, 24 Sep 1998 19:00:07 -0500

Greetings,

Dan wrote:

> on september 17 , just before MIR seen at 04H12 , I spotted a fast
> naked eye satellite ( h ~250 KM ) GOING SW to NE ( i~65 deg),
> mag+2 to invisible.  Photometric period 0.9 sec +/- 0.1.
> Unfortunately ,it was at the end of trajectory , at dawn,
> on NE.I took a rough point:  0407.23 UT 0942 +52.6 1950.0

Good enough to positively identify.  This was 97086D (#25129) -- SL-12 R/B
close to
perigee.  --Rob

SL-12 R/B
1 25129U 97086D   98260.59802539 +.00013584 -67411-6 +82981-3 0 02255
2 25129 051.1179 022.9774 7292896 053.9355 353.3190 02.29680625006054