Space-X Transporter-2 chain pass over UK on fourth orbit

From: Nick James via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2021 03:18:44 +0100
The Space-X Falcon 9 upper stage and a string of dispensed smallsats 
came over Chelmsford at 01:29 UTC this morning on its fourth orbit after 
launch from CCAFS LC40 yesterday. This 25fps video:

http://www.nickdjames.com/Spacecraft/Transporter2_20210701_012839_ndj.mp4

was taken with a Sony A7s, 50mm, f/1.8 lens pointing almost to the 
zenith. The bright star upper right is Vega with Cygnus in the centre of 
the frame. The limiting magnitude is around 7.5. There was some cloud 
around and the sky was getting bright as dawn arrived.

I assume that the bright object in the centre of the string is the upper 
stage. Very close ahead of it was another bright dot which I could see 
distinctly as a separate object in binoculars but which merges on this 
video. The much fainter dots ahead and behind are the deployed 
spacecraft and bits of deployment mechanism. They are mostly all very 
faint but there is some glinting going on.

Nick.
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