Re: Interesting Starlink G 5-6 optical characteristics

From: PAUL MALEY via Seesat-l <>
Date: Sat, 6 May 2023 15:21:12 +0000 (UTC)
Yes, I know about them. However, they usually run ahead of the pack and should not under normal conditions be part of it. Therefore, it would be good to know if these objects are the rods or STARLINKS. Their placement should be enough to track this down if there are elsets for the rods.
Paul D. Maley 
Carefree, Arizona USA


    On Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 07:34:40 AM MST, Marco Langbroek <> wrote:  
 Op 6-5-2023 om 11:28 schreef PAUL MALEY via Seesat-l:
> first object. These objects were not steady and were slowly tumbling. I am wondering if these have been assessed to have failed.

These are the rods that keep the stack of satellites together on the Falcon 9 
untill they are released. They usually have a lifetime of a few days and then 
reenter. They appear in the catalogue as "Falcon 9 DEB". There are four of them 
per launch.

- Marco

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