FW: Unidentified subject!

Ted Molczan (molczan@fox.nstn.ca)
Mon, 10 Jun 1996 14:37:30 -0400

Ron Dantowitz and Marek Kozubal wrote:

>of rocket bodies, I invite you to point your browser to:

>ftp://ftp.physics.ox.ac.uk/pub/sat/images/cos2278r.jpg

Excellent work!

>about 2.4 arc seconds long by 0.8 arc seconds wide.  We will be doing more
>imaging of boosters over the next 6 weeks, and will put out a "library" of
>images of all the Zenits, and other objects anyone is interested in.  We can
>also record time accurately for each frame as well as orientation (south is
>up in our pix).  

Here are some objects I am interested in - most are large and reasonably
low (at perigee). The elements of each of these are unclassified.
Quite a few have large solar and/or radar panels, so they may be visually interesting.

The dimensions are mostly from the RAE Table of Satellites. The three 
values may represent a sphere, cylinder or box. One dimension denotes either 
a sphere, or that the other dimensions were unknown. Two dimensions denote a 
cylinder's length and cross-sectional diameter. Three dimensions denote a 
box's length, width and depth.

NORAD  Intl Des    Name         Dimensions   stdMv       Mission
------ -------- ------------  -------------- ----- --------------------
01314U 65027  A Snapshot      11.6  1.5  0.0  5.7  experimental RTG?  
01316U 65027  C Snapshot (C)   3.0  0.0  0.0  6.0  debris - a panel?
01389U 65027  D Snapshot (D)   3.0  0.0  0.0  6.0  debris - a panel?
04327U 70009  A SERT 2         7.6  1.5  0.0  6.1  ION thrust experiment
04786U 70103  A Cosmos 382     7.6  0.0  0.0  4.0  Soviet lunar module?
05560U 71089  A ASTEX          9.6  1.5  0.0  5.9  SAR imager?
06212U 72076  A Radcat        12.2  3.0  0.0  4.8  solar studies?
08074U 66056  H Pageos (H)     8.6  0.0  0.0  3.7  aluminized mylar sheet
10967U 78064  A Seasat        21.0  1.5  0.0  5.1	  SAR imager
17369U 87011  A Cosmos 1818    6.0  2.0  0.0  5.9  nuclear reactor
18122U 87052  A Cosmos 1860    6.0  2.5  0.0  5.6  nuclear reactor
20663U 90055  A Cosmos 2084    3.4  1.6  0.0  6.7  a Molniya in low orbit
21701U 91063  B UARS           9.8  4.6  0.0  4.4	  atmospheric research
23596U 95028  A Cosmos 2313    6.0  0.0  0.0  4.5  EORSAT
23674U 95051  A Cosmos 2320    7.0  2.0  0.0  5.8  IMINT
23710U 95059  A Radarsat       8.0  0.0  0.0  3.9	  SAR imager
23818U 96016  A Cosmos 2331    7.0  2.0  0.0  5.8	  IMINT

I would also suggest imaging a few each of the many Meteor, NOAA, DMSP,
Landsat, Spot and ERS satellites.

>Will also be uploading some hi-resolution Mir pix we just took- standby...

Can't wait to see them!

>PPS Tried to image KH 11-8, but it was not "there" according to the latest
>elsets we have.  How accurate are the current sets?

It appears to have been de-orbited sometime in mid-May,
and it probably was the last one in that series.

>Unfortunately, will not be releasing any spysat pix, however.  All you Secret Agents
>out there do not have to worry about us.

I respect your decision, but I also totally support
John Pike's earlier comments.

bye for now