A series of photos of Dragon CRS-6 objects

From: Alain Figer via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:45:44 +0200 (CEST)
Hi all,


C. Bassa wrote :

"Based on the sequence of events, starting with space craft separation,
then the solar array deploy/cover jettison, the identification of
these objects is pretty straight forward. From the launch broadcast it
was clear that the space craft separation was in the direction of
motion, after which the Dragon pitched up (trunk towards nadir), and
the solar deploy/cover jettison occured perpendicular to the direction
of motion. The two faint objects are clearly the solar array covers,
and since they originate from the Dragon, the fainter leading of the
two closest objects is the Dragon. The brighter object is the upper


Thank you, Cees, for this enlighting comment.


On 14 april 2015, I took 30 photos of the Dragon objects, see a few of them that illustrate the identification already done by Cees :

IMG_2151 - beginning at 20h31m43s UTC

IMG_2155 to 2158 - beginning at 20h31m48s UTC

IMG_2165 to 2169 - beginning at 20h32m12s UTC 


IMG_2180 - beginning at 20h32m42s UTC

Note the presence of oblique trails that are vanishing (images 2155 to 2158). This phenomenon is also present on other photos of the series.



Alain Figer

near Paris, France


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