Re: ATLAS CENTAUR R/B (#10779U)

From: Tony Beresford (aberesford@iprimus.com.au)
Date: Tue Sep 17 2002 - 03:45:21 EDT

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    At 06:56 17/09/02, Russ Bessom wrote:
    >Hi all,
    >Observed Geo Flasher: ATLAS CENTAUR R/B (#10779U) about 40 degrees high in
    >the SW.  16 Sep 02 From 20:45 to 21:30 UTC. An easy target with big binos at
    >37x. I followed it for about 45 minutes cruising through Ophiuchus.  I got
    >timings
    >f
    
    Russ, Large numbers of the Centaur stages in GEO transfer orbit exihibit
    quite fast tumbling, and dont seem to slow down quickly. Ron Welch ( Canberra)
    automatically classifies any fast flasher moving W-E as a Centaur RB!
    The  Milstar3 upper stage (9923B ) which misfired is still tumbling at 
    around a flash every second  isnt it, and that has a perigee of 750Km or so. 
    Incidentally you talked about one Centaur RB and gave Tle for another!!
    Tony Beresford
    
    
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