Re: Progress spacecraft to undock on Sept 1 and stay in orbit for 1 week

From: Robert Holdsworth (robbonz1@xtra.co.nz)
Date: Thu Sep 04 2008 - 10:06:01 UTC

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    This went according to plan.
    
    According to the On Orbit Status Report Progress was expected to increase 
    its lead in front of the ISS by 40 km per orbit.   Weather here has 
    precluded observation and it is likely there will be few if any 
    opportunities to observe before de-orbit.
    
    Also of note is the fact that the ATV will separate at 2127 UTC on the 5th 
    and that the next Progress will be launched immediately after de-orbit of 
    the old one.
    
    So with two successive Progress to watch, which also of course means a Soyuz 
    R/B to watch on its way to decay once the new Progress is launched, and the 
    ATV as well as the ISS itself there is lots of activity.
    
    The ATV deorbit is planned for night-time on the 29th to facilitate 
    observation, Time has not yet been specified but as it is likely to be 
    dropped into the South Pacific perhaps this could refer to observation from 
    Awarua in Southern New Zealand and/or from South Australia?   Developments 
    awaited with interest!
    
    Above information extracted from on-orbit status reports at 
    http://www.spaceref.com
    
    
    Robert Holdsworth
    Wainuiomata
    New Zealand
    174.948E
    41.261S
    
    
    
    
    
    >
    > ----- Original Message ----- 
    > From: "Kevin Fetter" <kfetter@yahoo.com>
    > To: <seesat-l@satobs.org>
    > Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2008 2:51 AM
    > Subject: Progress spacecraft to undock on Sept 1 and stay in orbit for 1 
    > week
    >
    >
    >> Nasa is saying the Progress spacecraft, will undock on Sept 1, and stay 
    >> in orbit for 1 week.
    >>
    >> http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html
    >>
    >> Kevin
    >>
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