EUTELSAT 1-F5 gave double flashes, HELLAS SAT 1 slowly rotating, Cosmos 1888 slowly rotating

From: Kevin Fetter (
Date: Mon Apr 23 2007 - 08:57:32 EDT

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    I was picking off at random, retired geo sat's last night to look at, to see who they were behaving.
    First was HELLAS SAT 1 ( 22175 ). Slow rotation, so it produces what I call flares.Not sure about, the time between the flares are for this one. I call them flares, as there's a change in brigtness. There's  no quick flash of light, so to me not a flash. I had added to my database of slow rotating geo sat's, for checking on later.
    So I have in that database I so far have
    22175 = Hellas Sat 1
    18384 = Cosmos 1888 
    27775 = Cosmos 2397
    21813 = Telecom 2A 
    24768 =  Thaicom 3  
    21939 = Telecom 2B
    Next was GSTAR 2 (  16649 ) nothing spotted for the time I observed it, so I went to my next one.
    That was EUTELSAT 1-F5 ( 19331 ) Now that one was really awesome. I checkd the PPAS database on it, after looking at it, instead of my usual method of looking at the PPAS data, before going to look at a certain random geo sat, to see if anyone's observed it.
    What I observed of it 
    It gave a flash, double flash, flash, in a series, with a fainter flash in between the next set of flash, double flash,  flash for the time I observed it.
    88- 63 B 06-01-23 04:05:54   KF                67         8->inv
    Last one of the night, was Cosmos 1888 ( 18384 ) Another slow rotating geo sat.
    It gave a flare to mag 10 are brighter, lasting a few seconds, every approx 9 minutes give are take. 
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