BWGS new observing program(satorama.txt)

From: Tristan Cools (
Date: Sun Jul 30 2000 - 01:43:59 PDT

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    Observing Program of the Belgian Working Group Satellites(BWGS)
    The Belgian Working Group Satellites has been active in collecting flash
    period measurements since 1987.  Our priority list contains 468 satellites.
    Our program files can be downloaded at the new BWGS pages:
    The program files include:
            -PPAS8 database: Over 50000 flash observations
            -PPAS8-01 untill 03: updates to PPAS8
            -satorama.txt: this file
            -program.rob: a description file of each satellite in our program
    The following categories can be found in program.rob:
    b       flashing object for beginners, mostly a brigh regular object
    d       difficult to measure
    S       steady object, potentially flashing in the future
    ?       flash period is unknown or uncertain
    -       long flash period(>40s)
    !       top-priority object(mostly objects which have accelerated)
            regular object
    g       geostationary object
    h       highly eccentric orbit(GTO and others)
    Satellites deleted from the program
    Satellites added to the program
    For a description about these satellites see also the program.rob file
    Top priority objects
    There are only two top priority objects in the program.  These objects
    have accelerated or are still accelerating.
    You can always check for new additions and analisis at the BWGS site.
    We received 1835 observations from 22 observers.
    AB:     Tony Beresford          Adelaide, Australia
    BD:     Bram Dorreman           Achel, Belgium
    BJG:    Bjoern Gimle            Junibacken, Sweden
    DD:     ?
    EC:     Ed Cannon               Austin, Texas USA
    HL:     ?
    JDG:    Don Gardner             USA
    JN:     Jim Nix                 Memphis, TN USA
    JPH:    Jason Hatton            Strasbourg, France
    JTW:    ?
    KJ:     Kurt Jonckheere         Gent, Belgium
    LB:     Leo Barhorst            Ede and Alkmaar, The Netherlands
    LS:     Lutz Schindler          Germany
    MJ:     Michel Jacquesson       Sevigny-Waleppe, France
    MM:     Mike McCants            Austin, Texas USA
    PV:     Patrick De Vreese       Moen, Belgium
    RGL:    Ron Lee                 Falcon USA
    RM:     Rob Matson              Belmont Shore, Ca USA
    RMC:    ?
    RO:     Jean-Pierre Rohart      Wormhout, France
    SDL:    ?
    SJW:    Sue Worden ?            USA
    TC:     Tristan Cools           Brugge, Belgium
    Sending in Observations and PPAS format
    Observations can be sent to: Bram Dorraman
                                 Bremstraat 29
                                 3930 BELGIUM
    or by email to:
    Please be sure to send us the observations in the correct PPAS format.
    Here below you will find an example of the correct PPAS format:
             1         2         3         4         5         6         7
    00-  3 B 00-01-31 21:26:12.6 JPH 167.3 0.2  10 16.73  F'F' u mag +2->inv
    96- 10 A 98-05-17 21:26:12.6 JPH 167.3 0.2  10 16.73  F'F' u mag +2->inv
    97- 34 C 98-06-16  2:51:53.5 WN   23.2  .4  24  0.97  FF, irr afterwards
    yy-nnncc yy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss.t OBS sss.t s.t nnn ss.ttt remarks
    I want to thank Kurt Jonckheere for having collected the observations for
    the past few years.  
    From now on Bram Dorreman will be our satellite observations collecter and
    Tristan Cools will be responsibel again for compiling the program.
    Happy observing,
    Tristan Cools(
    Tristan Cools
    Belgian Working Group Satellites(BWGS)
    Damse Vaart: 3.2478E/51.2277N - OBS place 1
    Ryckevelde:  3.2856E/51.2045N - OBS place 2
    Brugge:      3.2166E/51.2104N - OBS place 3(home)
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