[amsat-bb] Detecting Es'hail-2 from North America after launch but before parking at 25.5 degrees

Douglas Quagliana dquagliana at gmail.com
Thu Feb 22 03:36:46 UTC 2018


I know that Es'hail-2 will be positioned at 25.5 degrees, which
means that once it is parked there it will not be visible
from North America.

But, it is launching from Cape Canaveral and I would imagine
that it has to make at least a couple of orbits, while still in
the geosynchronous transfer orbit, before the burn(s) to
position it at 25.5 degrees. And, that's a couple of orbits that
might take it over some part of North America (exactly where
and who might be in the footprint for those few passes
depends on where the GTO perigee is, I think).

What I would like to know is if there will be any transmissions
or any telemetry beacons from Es'hail-2 (probably on a
NON-amateur frequency from NON-amateur equipment) that
might be heard from North America during those few GTO orbits
before the final burn. Perhaps, is there an engineering beacon
that might be heard during one of those passes over North
America?  Anybody know?

Bonus points awarded if you know when, where, and how
many burns are taking place. Someone with a telescope
(or someone with access to a remotely operated telescope)
might be able to detect something.

Douglas KA2UPW/5
Just trying to earn the absurd but true "I heard Es'hail-2
from North America" T-shirt  :-)

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