RE: question from another list

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@rogers.com)
Date: Mon Sep 16 2002 - 06:01:51 EDT

  • Next message: Tony Beresford: "Re: question from another list"

    Tony Beresford wrote:
    
    > >Hugh probably means this tle:
    > >
    > >1 90012U          02241.91170978 0.00001900  00000-0  24605-2 0    05
    > >2 90012  28.2935 137.0946 7252000 297.2301  62.7629  2.26960260    08
    > >
    > >
    > >Does anyone have more information ?
    > Its an extra fairing associateed with the MDS launch, 
    
    agreed
    
    > that 
    > was noticed flashing By Ron Welch of Canberra. I picked it up 
    > (in binoculars )a couple of nights as well at the time. The 
    > origin was I think proposed by Ted Molczan. It hasnt made it 
    > to the catalog yet apparently, or as it Ted, Mike? Tony Beresford
    
    That was another nice find, which was not discussed on SeeSat-L at the
    time
    because it is debris from a secret object:
    
    88077A piece
    1 90011U 02624A   02130.20892050  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    00
    2 90011  27.6533 351.6660 7305018  12.9232 347.7552  2.00828262    02
    
    Despite its range of nearly 40,000 km, the object was observed to flash
    to around mag 2 to 3. Its flash period was 35.72 s.
    
    It is debris from the Transtage failure of 88077A aka USA 31, or Chalet
    5 or Vortex 5.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
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