Re: article on possible breakup of AMC 9

From: Bill Bard via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2017 11:53:07 -0400
Looks like the flash started getting brighter/faster just before the one object separated. Then it seemed to diminish and then having brighter flashes again. My guess would be a solar array flew off although I would expect it to be spinning/tumbling too.

I would suspect a fuel leak or a momentum wheel slowing causing it to spin.

Bill

> On Jul 2, 2017, at 11:26 AM, ronlee--- via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org> wrote:
> 
> Great video.   You can see one bright piece separate at the bottom and
> drift away and two or more fainter objects.
> 
> The main piece is rotating and it is drifting relative to other
> satellites...at least the grouping of three.
> 
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>> https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/07/a-large-satellite-appears-to-be-falling-apart-in-geostationary-orbit/
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