[keps] ESA VEGA Launch Deploys 8 Amateur Band Satellites

Ray Hoad ray.hoad at mypbmail.com
Thu Feb 16 19:30:19 PST 2012


The European Space Agency launch site at Kourou, French Guiana successfully launched eight new satellites on February 13, 2012.  These satellites operate in the Amateur band. See www.amsat.org for details and operating frequencies.

Once again the satellites are too close together to distinguish who is who. Time and a lot of effort by some talented people (not me!)will reveal the which object is which satellite.  Any ideas?

The current KEPs by catalog number are as follows:

ALMASAT1
1 38078U 12006B   12047.12673799  .00017229  00000-0  50733-3 0    97
2 38078 069.4853 232.7659 0775557 040.9122 324.5331 14.04463099   383
OBJECT C
1 38079U 12006C   12048.04974745  .00003626  00000-0  10000-3 0   128
2 38079 069.4867 230.6777 0779745 039.8333 326.2454 14.05708415   505
OBJECT D
1 38080U 12006D   12047.69442018 -.00000171  00000-0  00000 0 0   121
2 38080 069.4832 231.4749 0778903 040.2282 325.4066 14.05362097   457
OBJECT E
1 38081U 12006E   12047.05396012 -.00000172  00000-0  00000 0 0    91
2 38081 069.4786 232.9081 0781694 041.1062 324.6308 14.05293872   362
OBJECT F
1 38082U 12006F   12047.62350954 -.00000168  00000-0  00000 0 0   107
2 38082 069.4902 231.6515 0776285 040.5510 325.0844 14.05234241   446
OBJECT G
1 38083U 12006G   12047.69466284 -.00000169  00000-0  00000 0 0   111
2 38083 069.4867 231.4452 0776188 040.4467 325.3901 14.05247980   459
OBJECT H
1 38084U 12006H   12046.91178730 -.00000170  00000-0  00000 0 0    80
2 38084 069.4847 233.2404 0779161 041.2701 324.5329 14.05206770   344
OBJECT J
1 38085U 12006J   12046.05765640 -.00000171  00000-0  00000 0 0    56
2 38085 069.4842 235.1595 0780175 042.2283 323.6278 14.05160480   222


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