Predicted decay of Suitsat

From: Robert Holdsworth (
Date: Wed Sep 06 2006 - 04:15:18 EDT

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    We have an invisible pass of Suitsat at this stage predicted on 7 September 
    at 1606 UTC. and a pass commencing at 1737 with shadow entry towards the end 
    of the pass at relatively low elevation.
    Both of these passes appear to be within the likely decay window.
    I would be interested in comments on the likely visibility of a decay should 
    it occur near here, the first pass being in darkness, the second at dawn. 
    The Suit is stated to have dimensions of 1 metre x 2.5 metres.
    Looks like it will be a busy early morning with the above plus a visible 
    shuttle pass and two visible  ISS passes to look for! At the moment the long 
    range forecast is for cloud with fine spells so prospects for observation 
    are uncertain.
    New Zealand
    UTC plus 12
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