RE: Centaur and NOSS payload observed

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Sun Sep 09 2001 - 20:13:55 EDT

Bjoern Gimle has observed three objects from yesterday's launch:

The two magnitude 5 objects about 6 s apart must be the payload dispenser and
one of the payloads; and the magnitude 3 object leading them by about 2 min
must be the Centaur. This resolves my concern that the Centaur may have
remained in the elliptical transfer orbit.

Quite an accelerated deployment process relative earlier NOSS. It will be
interesting to see how they proceed from here.

Pierre Neirinck reports observing all three objects on the following pass (2001
Sep 09 23:11 UTC), and he obtained a few points.

Ted Molczan

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