Re: a great flare

From: Tony Beresford (
Date: Fri Apr 16 2004 - 07:51:42 EDT

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    At 19:21 16/04/04, Scott Davies wrote:
    >Dear SeeSat-D,
    >On 15 April 2004 at 04:47:55, GPS 2-16 Rocket1 passed over my 
    >home in Bangkok, Thailand.  Heading east toward the rising sun, I 
    >saw a notably long and bright flare.  The magnitude was 
    >approximately -5, and it lasted for around 20 seconds.  Much more 
    >impressive than most Iridium flares.
    >The following site has a detailed illustration of the components of a
    >Delta 2 rocket.  I wonder which part of the Delta 2 is GPS 2-16 
    >as GPS 2-16 Rocket2 decayed years ago.
    Scott, the object you saw flaring is the second stage of the Delta rocket.
    It has a restartable engine. The other rocket body (already decayed) is
    the third stage.
    Tony Beresford
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