Confirmation that it was a decay, not a meteor

From: Marco Langbroek via Seesat-l <>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:56:16 +0200
Hi Ted, others

Bill Cooke of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center just communicated in private to 
me that from their camera data, they determined an initial speed of 7.69 +/- 
0.07 km/s for the Sep 3 fireball over the US.

That rules out a meteor (it is too slow for that) and is completely in line with 
the decay of an artificial object in low earth orbit, for which this is the 
typical speed.

(I post this information to the list with Bill Cooke's permission, btw)

- Marco

Dr Marco Langbroek  -  SatTrackCam Leiden, the Netherlands.

Cospar 4353 (Leiden):   52.15412 N, 4.49081 E (WGS84), +0 m ASL
Cospar 4354 (De Wilck): 52.11685 N, 4.56016 E (WGS84), -2 m ASL
Cospar 4355 (Cronesteyn): 52.13878 N, 4.49937 E (WGS84), -2 m ASL
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