Re: What's in a Name?

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Tue Jan 11 2000 - 18:24:28 PST

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    Troy <> wrote:
    > I have been following the thread regarding ETS-6 (23230/94056A).  I 
    > hope to catch it on its next trip around from southeastern Virginia.  
    > My question is, why does the Heavens Above web site call this 
    > satellite Kiku-6?  A search of Wade's Encyclopedia Astronautica does 
    > not turn up either ETS-6 (through an ETS-7 is there) nor a Kiku-6.
    I've found that at least some objects are not as easy to find on the 
    E.A. site as I would expect.  In this case, the series or project is 
    called "Engineering Test Satellite" (so that's where it's listed in
    the alphabetical index).  

    That page (headed "ETS") lists six missions, Kiku 1 through 6, and 
    Kiku 6 is also called ETS 6:

    I would think that at some point ETS 7 would be added to the group.
    Milstar 3 Centaur (25725, 99-23B) was visible at one-power from UT
    Austin campus this evening (Tuesday local); range was about 1,600
    km more or less.
    SERT 2 (04327, 70-9A) is one-power almost every night.  Tonight on a 
    near zenith pass it reached at least +2 at a range of about 1,000 km.
    I think these are actually long, slow flares, but I'm not certain.
    MSX (23851, 96-24A) is frequently visible at one-power and was about
    +3.5 a while ago at a range of about 1150 km.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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