Observation Sept 11

From: Tony Beresford (aberesford@iprimus.com.au)
Date: Tue Sep 11 2001 - 07:22:50 EDT

Saw the rocket associated with USA 160 launch.
Checked observation with findsat and latest alldat.tle,
and there was no other satellite within 50 seconds and 2.5 degrees,
that was going in right direction. In IOD format
26906 01 040B   8597 F 20010911102504200 27 25 1604500-020600 19 R+035 05

Only seen during brightness maxima which were short and sharp, invisible
most of time. these variations seem to be repeated at about 5 second intervals.
This position was at about 35 deg elev in the NW. It as about
30 seconds early compared with Pierre N, elset. I looked for trailing objects but saw
none. stopped looking at 6.5 minutes after rocket.
Tony Beresford

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