Re: Telstar 401 flashes and Milstar 3 flare

From: paul (astro@pgog.net)
Date: Fri Sep 06 2002 - 10:42:40 EDT

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    >Has a rotation rate been determined for Milstar 3?
    
    not that I'm aware of.  I usually see it fairly
    steady over a 20+ min pass although I was not looking
    for variations, but I think I'd notice +3.  GRR should
    have the video at 11 (10 central :)  once it flared
    iridium quality -8, for ~ 30 sec --I could make out pattern 
    of the solar panels at nnnn km.  that report should
    be buried in seesat archives somewhere. 
    its rocket has a fairly regular flash pattern.
    
    At 06:15 9/6/2002 -0500, you wrote:
    >> I happened to see an extra first magnitude star in Oph; it 
    >> was at about 17:15, -9 or -10.  "Mike, that's not a star, 
    >> is it?  There's not supposed to be a bright star there, 
    >> right?"  It was moving quite slowly.  It was Milstar 3 
    >> (99-023A, 25724).  It stayed brighter than +3 for at least 
    >> a minute if not two.  
    >
    >Has a rotation rate been determined for Milstar 3?
    >
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