Re: Foton M4 on schedule

From: JAY RESPLER via Seesat-l <>
Date: Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:33:55 -0400
On 8/4/2014 9:16 PM, via Seesat-l wrote:
> I caught Foton M4 tonight from Conanicut Island (lat=41.48 N, lon=71.37 W) as it passed almost exactly halfway between Megrez and Phad at the "handle end" of the Big Dipper's bowl. It was on-time within the limits of my visual timing --no more than three seconds early, no more than one second late, crossing the Megrez-Phad line at 20:49:39 EDT by my best estimate. Its magnitude was about 3.5-4.0. I could see it through thin cirrus in late twilight. It was moving fast, consistent with the predicted pass. The color was a bit orange.
> Note that this observation (unless it was a random satellite that just happened to be on the same trajectory at the same speed) confirms that the orbit has not been significantly adjusted, despite claims that ground control has re-established active control over the satellite.
Not a random. I watched same pass in same place.

Jay Respler
  Freehold, New Jersey

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