Unknown GEO Object 2000-653A / 90007 Identified as Prowler

From: Ted Molczan (ssl3molcz@rogers.com)
Date: Mon Jan 24 2011 - 02:36:48 UTC

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    I have recently completed research into the identity of one of our unknown GEO objects, 2000-653A /
    90007 - discovered by Ed Cannon in 1998 - and concluded that it is a highly classified U.S.
    satellite called Prowler. The abstract and URL of the report on my findings follow.
    
    Space Shuttle mission STS 38 is officially acknowledged to have deployed only a single payload,
    which is known to be a geosynchronous communications satellite, operated by the National
    Reconnaissance Office. It has since leaked out that STS 38 deployed a second payload: an optically
    stealthy, geosynchronous satellite inspector, named Prowler.
    
    In 1998, hobbyists discovered a bright unknown GEO object, with optical and orbital characteristics
    of a satellite, which they call 2000-653A / 90007. By early 2010, independent GEO satellite
    observation networks had accounted for every single GEO satellite acknowledged to have been
    launched, yet 2000-653A remained unidentified. Analysis of its optical and orbital characteristics,
    and other relevant facts, reveals great consistency with the emerging Prowler story, resulting in a
    strong circumstantial case that 2000-653A is Prowler.
    
    http://satobs.org/seesat_ref/STS_38/Unknown_GEO_Object_2000-653A_-_90007_Identified_as_Prowler.pdf
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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