Unidentified satellite

From: Mike Waterman (Mike.Waterman@marconi.com)
Date: Tue Sep 05 2000 - 05:29:36 PDT

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    The observations below do not seem to match anything in ALLDAT.
    Magnitude was mag 8 to 9, period several secs, at a range of about
    12000 km. I was looking for 00048B = #26476.
    
    YATELEY(WATERMAN)ENGLAND
    IntlId SiteYYMMDDHHMMSSss  Sss  TCHHMMmm   DDddd  Ddd E             MMm
    9900000211500090123024708  020  13005133  +0820   004 5             +80
    9900000211500090123045016  020  13010666  +0840   002 5
    9900000211500090123065222  020  13011277  +0917   004 5
    
    Unfortunately only a very small part of the arc was observed, so
    a wide range of orbits can fit the observations.
    These are 2 possible orbits, the first circular, the second with
    perigee=200km.
    
    1     0U 99000A   00245.91158000  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    04
    2     0  25.5530 294.7500 0000000  69.4400 290.5600  3.96127009    01
    
    1     0U 99000A   00245.92469000  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    00
    2     0  27.0710 283.6500 3895800 277.0500  41.2580  7.76004982    00
    
    Any suggestions about its identity or orbit welcome.
    
    Mike Waterman      mike.waterman@marconi.com
    Site Yateley = COSPAR 2115 =  51.3286N  0.7950W  75m.
    
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