Unidentified Satellites

From: Mark McCarron (mark.mccarron@live.co.uk)
Date: Tue May 07 2013 - 03:11:35 UTC

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    Hi everyone,
    
    I am in the North West of Northern Ireland.  I am running real-time tracking of every satellite (active & inactive), piece of debris and rocket body pushed out by USSTRATCOM (over 13000 objects).   According to this data, the skies above me should be clear most of the time, but I am observing a continuous stream of satellites coming from various directions.
    
    We have very little air-traffic here (maybe about 6-10 per day) and I run ADS-B so I can see all aircraft up to the horizon.  I can confirm it is not this.
    
    >From the density, it would look like its part of a constellation, but I cannot rule out satellites being moved in orbit.  At times, there could be 3-4 practically right above me some heading east-to-west and others in polar orbits.  They are pretty bright and fast, so my guess is that they are LEO.  Some are slower and fainter, so I am assuming the are in MEO.
    
    Anyone else seen something similar?
    
    Regards,
    
    Mark McCarron 		 	   		  
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