Re: Small RCS - was: alldat.tle w/ Skymap - FIXED!

=?iso-8859-1?Q?Bj=F6rn_Gimle?= (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Wed, 16 Jun 1999 09:20:50 +0200

RCS:
1986-019BJ      17206   ESA        97.4    98.5      646        626
0.7449
ARIANE 1 DEB                           Launched (02/22/1986)
86019BJ
1 17206U 86019BJ  99160.14678063 +.00018053 +00000-0 +24815-2 0 02329
2 17206 098.5335 035.0292 0015335 120.3033 239.9814 14.78303031703726

is not as small as I thought, but still reported at +3, and period <3 s, in
PPAS

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-----Original Message-----
From: Björn Gimle <b_gimle@algonet.se>
To: Ralph McConahy <rmcconahy@earthlink.net>; SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com
<SeeSat-L@blackadder.lmsal.com>
Date: den 12 juni 1999 11:33
Subject: Re: Small RCS - was: alldat.tle w/ Skymap - FIXED!


>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Ralph McConahy <rmcconahy@earthlink.net>
>>23488 (94-85M) is a piece of debris from a Russian SL-19 rocket booster
>that
>>was launched 12/26/94. By the large number of debris pieces (25 in all) it
>>appears that there was a problem (explosion?) with the launch vehicle once
>>in orbit. On another note, the radar cross section of this object is only
>>0.47 m^2 which begs the question if that is what you truly saw or was it
>>something else?
>>
>>To answer you question about a way you can figure out what a given object
>>is, go to the web page:
>>ftp://tie.jpl.nasa.gov/pub/dransom/sat.sit.report/ssr99/
>>and download the latest zip file.
>>
>There are many fragments (and even satellites) whose RCS varies
considerably
>from
>month to month. A sheet of metal, or even non-metallic, can produce a very
>small RCS
>most of the time, but a better average optical CS (OCS?), and at least give
>good flashes.
>
>I believe there is a Ariane (Spot?) BJ fragment with a very good visibility
>(I've seen it)
>
>Bjoern Gimle
>
>
>