Foton 12 elsets

Alan Pickup (alan@wingar.demon.co.uk)
Thu, 9 Sep 1999 23:40:17 +0100

The first elsets have appeared following today's launch of Foton 12 via
a Soyuz rocket from Plesetsk. 

Foton 12         5.0  0.0  0.0  5.0 d   15       384 x 217 km
1 25902U 99048A   99252.86351065  .02108024  78951-5  32353-2 0    24
2 25902  62.7986 208.0839 0125231 111.5448 249.9102 15.90601851    21
Foton12 Soyuz r  5.0  0.0  0.0  5.0 d   15       378 x 216 km
1 25903U 99048B   99252.86341802  .00065780  79730-5  10000-3 0    24
2 25903  62.7871 208.1335 0121490 110.7794 250.6387 15.91916606    27

They enter eclipse in the Earth's shadow just after northern apex (their
most northerly point near 63 deg N latitude) at about 21:00 local time
and leave eclipse while southbound near 47 deg S at 05:00 local time.

A posting on the FPspace list by Sven Grahn includes ... "I saw the
rocket body flashing at 25 degrees elevation in the north in Stockholm
at 1935-1937 UT, despite the bright lights from the nearby motorway. The
satellite was not spotted."

Alan
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