Video of Yaogan 17 rocket fuel dump

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Thu Sep 05 2013 - 14:23:27 UTC

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    The fuel dump by the CZ-4C upper stage that launched China's third NOSS-like triad was seen over Australia, and a long
    video was made by Lou20764, from Melbourne. The event occurred on 2013 Sep 01 about 19:49 UTC (Sep 02 05:49 local time).
    The video is here:
    Lou20764 seems to believe he saw some sort of ET craft, and so far has been refractory to other ideas. When Jim Oberg
    posted a congratulatory note on his having captured the fuel dump and requested some technical details, Lou20764 deleted
    his messages and blocked him from making further comments. Unfortunate behavior, but it should not prevent us from
    enjoying the latest fuel dump imagery.
    I have plotted a portion of the trajectory that passed some readily identifiable stars, beginning about 07m20s into the
    I used Simone Corbellini's web-based plotter, located here:
    It should be noted that the portion of the trajectory plotted occurred at high elevation from Melbourne (>60 deg);
    therefore, the sky track is somewhat sensitive to the site coordinates of the observer, which are only approximately
    known. I used the first TLE of the A object (13046A / 39239), but the corresponding TLEs of the other objects yield
    similar, closely spaced, parallel tracks.
    The annotated video elapsed times are accurate to within a second or two; the first and second ones were especially
    difficult to judge, due to some camera movement around those times. The correlation with the Yaogan 17 trajectory is
    While we are on the subject of fuel dumps, here is Greg Roberts' fine video of the plume from the Atlas V Centaur that
    launched OTV 3 last December, nicely produced by Willie Koorts:
    Unsurprisingly, that event also resulted in UFO reports:
    I do not accept the ET hypothesis, but UFO reports of satellite phenomena can be a valuable resource, provided they are
    sufficiently detailed and precise. For example, my continuing project to produce a catalogue of visually observed
    re-entries from Earth orbit benefitted greatly from UFO reports, many decades old, that strongly correlate with known
    re-entries. Over the past couple of decades, I have heard from quite a few UFO researchers and witnesses, and was
    pleased to provide what assistance I could regarding possible satellite correlations. Several UFO researchers responded
    to the first draft of my re-entry sightings compilation with tips on additional suspected re-entries, most of which
    proved to correlate with known re-entries. More on that later, when I publish the comprehensive history.
    Ted Molczan
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