[amsat-bb] Re: SpaceX / Falcon 9 Dragon sighting
am25544 at triton.net
Tue May 22 09:03:23 PDT 2012
Could very well be solar panel covers.
At first I thought they were payload
fairings, but they were jettisoned long
before orbit was achieved.
There is also a cover for the navigation
suite/ berthing mechanism that gets
Looks like SpaceTrak has the Dragon
launch catologed as objects 38348 -
38351. No id's on anything yet.
73 Armando, N8IGJ
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Williams" <Tdub20120 at yahoo.com>
To: "Armando Mercado" <am25544 at triton.net>
Cc: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 9:08 AM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] SpaceX / Falcon 9 Dragon sighting
> Solar array covers?
> On May 22, 2012, at 2:55 AM, "Armando Mercado" <am25544 at triton.net> wrote:
>> Falcon 9/Dragon was sighted from West Michigan.
>> It (they) were about 15 mins behind the ISS.
>> There were 4 objects total, 1 object in front was
>> of steady brightness approximately 1st magitude.
>> This was the Dragon I think.
>> The other three were tumbling shinning from
>> 1 to <4 magitude at about one flash per 3
>> seconds. One object would be the booster,
>> don't know what the other 2 would be.
>> Everything passed about 3 degrees north
>> of Altair at 0927UTC.
>> Good luck Dragon.
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