Superbird A for the Americas?

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Mon Oct 15 2001 - 04:54:03 EDT

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    Superbird A (89-041A, 20040) has risen in the east for central
    Texas.  When is its flash episode?
    Intelsat 512 (85-087A, 16101) also has risen for the Americas, 
    and it's similar to Superbird A, if one can see its flash 
    Last night Panamsat 1R (00-072A, 26608) brightened to about +5.5 
    around 2:10-15 UTC.  On good nights, its fellow Boeing HS702 
    satellites, Galaxy 11, XM-1, XM-2, and Anik F1 continue to be 
    visible from here with my 10x50 binoculars, beginning now around 
    RA 21:15.  One site says that their deployed length is 40.4 
    meters; width is 14.2 meters.  Here's an "on-orbit" photo of a 
    702's deployed solar wing with cells and angled reflectors:

    There's another one of these big, bright ones in orbit, Thuraya 1 
    (00-066A, 26578) somewhere else around the globe -- maybe around
    longitude 44 east.  (It's actually some sort of derivative of the 
    702 called GEM.)  
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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