Obs of objects from 01040A launch: 2001 Sep 11 UTC

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@home.com)
Date: Tue Sep 11 2001 - 03:22:36 EDT


I observed the Centaur and two objects trailing it by about 4 min.

I suggest the following provisional designations, until we agree on permanent
ones:

26906  01040B is the Centaur
75101  01040C is the leader
75102  01040D is the trailer
75103  01040E is the outlier (not yet seen; probably not deployed yet)

For the Centaur, I used U.S. Spacecom's catalogue number and international
designation.

For the objects trailing the Centaur, I used pseudo catalogue numbers, and
international designations in accord with our convention of assigning the triad
objects letters in order of leader, trailer and outlier.

Assuming there is also a launch dispenser, then it may be assigned 26905 /
01040A. The launch dispenser may prove to be 75101 or 75102, or perhaps it is
lurking not far away, yet to be detected.

I obtained the following points:

26906 01 040B   2701 F 20010911034506510 17 25 0320694+774633 38 S
75101 01 040C   2701 F 20010911034904610 17 25 0327644+782652 38 S
75102 01 040D   2701 F 20010911034916820 17 25 0327644+782652 38 S
26906 01 040B   2701 F 20010911053244110 17 25 1646339+431558 18 S

75102 trailed 75101 by 12.21 s.

Site 2701: 43.68764 N, 79.39243 W, 230 m

Ted Molczan

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