flashes from old DSP satellite

From: Kevin Fetter (kfetter@yahoo.com)
Date: Wed Aug 09 2006 - 09:17:26 EDT

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    Last night by accident, I observed flashing coming from a old DSP satellite.
    
    It's the first dsp satellite ever placed in orbit.
    
    It's called OPS 5960 by spacetrack, ie DSP 1 
    
    It was placed into orbit way back in 1970.
    
    http://www.skyrocket.de/space/doc_sdat/dsp-1.htm
    
    PPAS report
    
    70- 093A 06-08-09 02:32:47   KF                21.0   mag 7 ->inv
    
    Video showing on it's flashes
    
    http://www.kfetter.com/satvideo/080906/
    
    At the time it was around
    
    16 h 52 m R.A
    -5 deg 36 min Dec
    
    It's orbit is 
    
    Perigee = 25764  km
    Apogee = 36204  km
    Inclination 9.54 degrees
    
    Kevin
    
    44.6062 N
    75.6910 W
    
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