Fasat B tumbling

Tristan Cools (tcools@nic.INbe.net)
Wed, 16 Jun 1999 01:57:14 +0200 (CEST)


This evening I observed Fasat B(1998-43B/25395) at 2143UTC(June 15).  I
didn't expect to see it because of its small size.  It is a small box of
0.6*0.35*0.35m but with a stabilisation boom of 6m.

At best it had a magnitude of +3.5 and it was tumbling with nice smooth
flashes of about 36.8s.  
The flashes are probably caused by the stabilisation boom(which doesn't do
its job anymore I suppose).

Anyone more info on the status of this satellite ?

Tristan Cools
BWGS Member - Belgian Working Group Satellites

Observing at:

Damse Vaart: 3.2486E/51.2279N
Ryckevelde: 3.2867E/51.2054N
Brugge: 3.1611E/51.2108N