Re: Unidentified Satellite

From: Bruce MacDonald (macdonalddevizes@tiscali.co.uk)
Date: Wed Oct 19 2005 - 17:45:42 EDT

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    > Greetings from those of us who practice the "dark art" of radio observing.
    >
    > Ivan Artner of Hungary and myself (in the UK) have been tracking an object
    > in highly eccentric orbit. Paul Marsh (also UK) made a series of detailed
    > Doppler measurements on one pass and we have been able to derive possible
    > elset:
    >
    > 1 80000U 05000A   05278.68515000  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0  0001
    > 2 80000  63.4000 172.0000 7108823 279.5000 180.0000  2.00599011 00001
    >
    > It does not seem to fit any object listed by SpaceTrack. The obvious
    > question is whether any unlisted visual objects might fit the bill.
    
    Bob, from a quick look at your elset it looks like an object in a Molniya
    orbit - 63.4 degree inclination and a mean motion of 2.  If it isn't on
    Space Track it is likely to be a classified sat.
    
    I'm sure someone else will ID it for you.
    
    Best wishes
    
    Bruce MacDonald
    COSPAR Site 2751
    Devizes, Wiltshire, UK
    51.3440 N 1.9849 W 125m (WGS84)
    
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