Re: Soyuz TMA11 and Booster

From: Robert Holdsworth (robbonz1@xtra.co.nz)
Date: Thu Oct 11 2007 - 13:46:10 EDT

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    Not seen a flashing one from the launches to ISS  but then I haven't seen 
    many.  Usually been clouded out or passes at wrong times for observation.
    
    Unable to observe a  high elevation pass of the current three objects  just 
    completed owing to cloud, in any case close to dawn so the Soyuz itself 
    might have been difficult or impossible to see.   Prospects are not  good 
    for tomorrow's passes either.
    
    Calsky is predicting decay of the booster on Sunday evening UTC, and we have 
    a 170 km altitude pass just before that currently predicted at 1613 UTC. 
    (Could be a busy day as the Foton-M3 Rocket is likely to decay on the same 
    day our time- more on that later as things develop.)
    
    > Has anyone observed such quick flares of a Soyuz booster before?
    
    > Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    > Darmstadt, Germany
    > 49.8822N, 8.6558E
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