Re: MUOS 5 and Centaur elements

From: Marco Langbroek via Seesat-l <>
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:44:29 +0200
Op 25-6-2016 om 18:37 schreef Marco Langbroek via Seesat-l:
> hi all,
> Here are *approximate* elements for both MUOS 5 at GTO orbit insertion, and the
> Centaur upper stage.
> They are based on observations by Paul Camilleri and an additional observation
> of the Centaur by Kevin Fetter.

I should ad that on the imagery, the payload is brighter, with a much more 
pronounced slow brightness variation than the Centaur (which seems slightly 
variable as well).

This is a bit against my expectation (normally the upper stage is bright and 
flashing), but various lines of evidence (including but not limited to the fact 
that the object I dubbed the Centaur emerges from the fuel dump cloud itself on 
the imagery) imo support the ID of both objects.

Nevertheless: beware, the identifications are not yet 100% certain.

- Marco

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