Another high satellite

From: Tony Beresford (
Date: Sat Apr 24 2004 - 23:21:40 EDT

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    Roy Tucker MPC station 683, situated near   Tucson, AZ, found a slow moving satellite on april 13, 6h UT
    I couldnt match it with any known satellite.  
    Given that there were 6 observations over 48 minutes Bill Gray of
    Project Pluto worked out an orbit and has created a psuedo MPEC
    page at
    Looking back thru the RAE tables and the current SSR's the only likely 
    similarity is the 1967 40 launch. This left a satellite ERS18 and a titan transtage in an
    orbit of similar shape , but higher inclination. The last TLE for these objects has epoch May 1968.
    The only current candidate just might be the SMART-1 satellite. Can anybody on the list
    extract positions of it around April 13, 6h UT from ESA. As this spacecraft is under ion motor
    thrust 7 hours either side of perigee , the osculating orbits published by ESA occasionally
    are not useful. The last elset on from OIG was day 322 of 2003. 
    Tony Beresford 
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