Starshine deployed

From: Daniel Deak (dan.deak@sympatico.ca)
Date: Sun Dec 16 2001 - 10:23:48 EST

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    Hi all,
    
    Starshine 2 has been deployed at 15:02:34 UT in the direction of the velocity
    vector of the Shuttle. Eastern Europe should be very well placed for the first
    observations of the satellite at 17:55 UT. As seen from the video downlink of
    the satellite ejection, it produced flashes, often by groups of two, every 10 to
    15 seconds.
    
    The Starshine project needs many observation reports in the coming weeks to help
    in the design (now in progress) of the respin system for the future satellites
    of the series including 4 and 5 now scheduled to launch on STS-114 in January
    2002. What we need if the time of the flashes seen, with magnitude if possible,
    or the flashing period. For the period, I think it can be difficult because the
    flashes are irregular.
    
    You can send your observations directly to the Starshine project HQ at
    gilmoore12@aol.com
    
    Dan
    
    -- 
    Daniel Deak
    representant, projet spatial Starshine
    L'Avenir, Quebec
    
    COSPAR site 1747 : 45.7275N, 72.3526W, 191 m., UTC-5:00
    
    Site en francais sur les satellites:
    French-language satellite web site : http://www.obsat.com
    
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