Re: Last GPS 2Fsatellite launch on Feb 5

From: Robert Holdsworth via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 06:00:31 +1300
Clouded out here.
On standby to explain UFO reports!

Robert
Wainuiomata
New Zealand
41.244 South
174.946 East
On 6/02/2016 2:50 AM, "C. Bassa via Seesat-l" <seesat-l_at_satobs.org> wrote:

> GPS IIF12 was launched on time at 13:38UTC today.
>
> Here is an estimated transfer orbit:
> 1 84001U 16900A   16036.70538155  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    02
> 2 84001  54.9889 240.6721 6029017  96.1467 180.1187  4.05702263    03
>
> At 16:55UTC the Centaur upper stage will reach apogee and perform the
> circularization burn, with separation around 17:01UTC. Observers in
> Australia and New Zealand are well placed to view the circularization
> burn, spacecraft separation and most likely the fueldump of the
> Centaur upper stage.
>
> A similar observation, though from a Delta IV upperstage, was observed
> with the GPS IIF05 launch:
>
> http://sattrackcam.blogspot.nl/2014/02/mystery-object-in-alaska-sky-night-feb.html
>
> Regards,
>     Cees
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