Re: Superbird A returned

From: John Culberson (jac@culbersonforcongress.com)
Date: Thu Sep 19 2002 - 23:17:56 EDT

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    What type of satellite is Superbird A?  Orbital information on Heavens
    Above contains no description of its origins, purpose size etc.
    
    thanks
    
    John Culberson
    
    Leo Barhorst wrote:
    
    > After a splendid clear evening yesterday in which I made 15 obs
    > to be reported later, I looked this morning for Superbird A.
    > As I didn't know the exact time when it was supposed te start
    > flashig, I started observing around 03 UT.
    > At around 03:19 UT I spotted a faint flash near the predicted
    > spot for Superbird A, to be sure I waited for the next flash,
    > also a faint one.
    > Then I started timing on the next flash and could time 31 flashes
    > before it stopped flashing.
    > Some flashes were mag 3 other were mag 6 or even 7.
    >
    > 89- 41 A 02-09-13 03:25:00   LB  351.1 0.2  31 11.32  Ff, 3(6)->i
    >
    >  0    0   0:00.00
    >  1 11.27  0:11.27
    >  2 11.29    22.58
    >  3 11.39    33.91
    >  4 11.32    45.23
    >  5 11.29    56.52
    >  6 11.30  1:07.82
    >  7 11.31    19.13
    >  8 11.34    30.47
    >  9 11.32    41.79
    > 10 11.38    53.17
    > 11 11.39  2:04.56
    > 12 11.18    15.72
    > 13 11.32    27.04
    > 14 11.33    38.37
    > 15 11.42    49.79
    > 16 11.25  3:01.04
    > 17 11.30    12.34
    > 18 11.41    23.75
    > 19 11.28    35.03
    > 20 11.41    46.44
    > 21 11.32    57.76
    > 22 11.28  4:09.04
    > 23 10.94    19.98 timed too early
    > 24 11.73    31.71
    > 25 11.38    43.09
    > 26 11.28    54.37
    > 27 11.31  5:05.68
    > 28 11.40    17.08
    > 29 11.33    28.41
    > 30 11.46    39.87
    > 31 11.20  5:51.07
    > Greetings and clear, dark skies
    > Leo Barhorst Medemblik
    > 52.76350 N  5.09114 E  2 m ASL
    > http://www.home.zonnet.nl/leobarhorst/index.html
    >
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