Re: 65- 65C

Jim Varney (
Thu, 26 Dec 1996 14:23:26 -0800

Tristan Cools wrote:

>>>65- 65C is Dodecapole 2, one of a number of payloads placed in orbit by 
>>>a Thor Ablestar booster launched from Vandenberg AFB.

>>According to my sources it has also been called Dodecahedron 2 and it was
>>probably used for radar calibration.  There were twelve 7.62 meter antennas
>>attached to the spacecraft.  Maybe the flashes are caused by those
>>antennas.(cfr Ume 1 and 2)

Thanks for the reply.  Do you mean 12 antennas operating at 7.62 m 
wavelength or 12 antennas of 7.62 m diameter each?

The latter would be difficult to comprehend -- the Sat Sit Report lists
this object at 4.0 square meters.

Request to Ted Molczan: perhaps you could add 65- 65C to your weekly elset
file so the TLE will be more readily available.

 -- Jim

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