Re: Luch (mystery) SOLVED ,...But what about Vortex.

Rainer Kracht (r.kracht@elmshorn.netsurf.de)
Sat, 24 Jul 1999 23:11:56 +2

> From:          "John locker" <satcom@cybase.co.uk>
> To:            <SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com>
> Subject:       Luch (mystery) SOLVED ,...But what about Vortex.
> Date:          Sat, 24 Jul 1999 08:47:11 +0100

> Many thanks to those who responded to my request for info about thje Mir
> tracker at 16 degs west.
> in particular thanks to Chris V D Berg and jeff Hunt.
> For those interested Luch died at the end of last summer , and is now
> drifting well to the west.
> 
> Now....another interesting bird is Vortex.....which I think is at 24
> west,alongside a number of other Comsats...anyone confirm this.
> Vortex is a "Deep Black" satellite operating in Ka and X band, and I doubt
> it has been visually ID'd so I won't be surprised if I draw a blank on this
> one .
> 
It's not so deep black, Dan Karcher observed a Vortex at about 23 west on
1999 Mar 12 & 17 with mag 10.5. This is an elset he derived from his obs:

GEO337                          3.5
1 99337U          99 77.00000000  .00000003  00000-0  00000+0 0    02
2 99337   6.7687 348.7107 0930185 178.8318 344.9861  1.00269020    00

 Rainer