Re: InterCos 19 and other stuff

Mon, 15 Mar 1999 00:54:17 -0500 wrote:
>  1. Over a year ago, on Dec. 8, 1997, Ron Dantowitz posted a message
> here about Intercosmos 19 (= 11285 = 79020A), in which he noted that in
> a telescope at 200x, the object appeared to be two satellites joined by
> a rod or some connector.

Ron, can I see a picture of this?

>   A quick calculation shows that 10 arc second separation at a range of
> 431 miles means a separation of about 110 feet or 35 meters, or more,
> depending on the true orientation of the pair.  Anybody know what the
> real structure of this object is?
>  19 m.5->2, double 10", 12" 63x

May not be too accurate, but RAE Table lists Octagonal Ellipsoid, 1.8x1.5 m.

The Complete Encyclopedia of SPACE SATELLITES, by Caprara, states InterCosmos
16-19 are all the same. 1.8x1.5.

Jay Respler
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