Re: Spot 1 r AA (17131/86019AA)

From: Tristan Cools (
Date: Wed Sep 27 2000 - 12:23:20 PDT

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    At 12:39 25/09/00 +0100, you wrote:
    >On 20/9/00 at 19:52 UTC I observed Spot 1 r AA, a piece of what I assume is
    >the third stage of an Ariane 1 rocket used to launch the Spot 1 and Viking
    >satellites into orbit. Upon investigation I find that this is one of the
    >of 46 catalogued pieces of debris for this rocket.
    >Does any body know what happened to this rocket or could point me to where
    I can
    >find out more info.
    Hello Mike,
    This object has been in the BWGS(Belgian Working Group Satellites) flash
    program for a long time in the beginning of the nineties.  It is large
    fragment from an Ariane rocket which has exploded in orbit.
    I managed to make a photograph of it on March 26, 1993.  For a long time,
    this photograph has been an unknown to me untill recently it has been
    identified by Rainer Kracht.
    Have a look at: and look for
    Tristan Cools
    Belgian Working Group Satellites(BWGS)
    Damse Vaart: 3.2478E/51.2277N - OBS place 1
    Ryckevelde:  3.2856E/51.2045N - OBS place 2
    Brugge:      3.2166E/51.2104N - OBS place 3(home)
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