65- 65C

Jim Varney (jvarney@mail2.quiknet.com)
Thu, 26 Dec 1996 09:49:28 -0800

Leo Barhorst wrote:

>65- 65 C 96-12-25 17:59:44   LB   68.6 0.2  20  3.43  FF, mag 5->inv, sm 6
>65- 65 C 96-12-26 04:55:01.15LB  154.4 0.2  82  1.883 Ff4(5)->inv

65- 65C is Dodecapole 2, one of a number of payloads placed in orbit by 
a Thor Ablestar booster launched from Vandenberg AFB.  I also observed this 
object last May:

65- 65 C 96-05-09 05:08      JEV  73.4 0.2  40  3.67 FF'_FF'F_

I remember the object as being very airplane-like, with sharp strobe-like
flashes in a complex pattern.

Perhaps the 1.883 is a half-period?  That would work out to 3.77 seconds.
I also saw it sometime later, in the west, but was unable to measure the 
flash period due to poor conditions.  The flash behavior was different than
in May, when I saw it in the east.

I have been able to find very little about the purpose and character of this
satellite.  A guess from its name that the mission is related to
magnetic field research??  Anybody know more about it?

 -- Jim

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