Re: Telstar 402

From: Mike McCants (
Date: Tue Sep 05 2006 - 18:26:51 EDT

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    Leo Barhorst posted:
    >Telstar 402 never got a Noradnumber or Cospar ID. It disintegrated in
    According to Jonathan McDowell's Space Report, the explosion
    occurred several minutes after the payload separated from the
    third stage.  On several occasions, we saw very bright flashes
    from this object.  My opinion is that there was time for the
    solar panels to deploy after spacecraft separation and that the
    bright flashes were from the solar panels and thus that this
    really was the Telstar 402 payload.
    The optical characteristics of this object did not at all match
    the characteristics of an Ariane rocket.
    We observed it flashing to magnitude 4.5 at a range of 20000 Km:
    Similar obs by Ed at 17000 Km:
    Similar obs indicating there was a 3 second period from 1999 to 2004:
    Mike McCants
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