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2 December 2020 at 1:31 am in reply to: ‘DRAGRACER’ Satellites, Alchemy / Augury De-Orbiting Observers needed #583436
Latest Email content from Ellen with useful info : –
If the estimate of ~10 days for the LED-on time was accurate (still looking into this), then as of today (Nov 29) the LEDs may not be visible anymore. The best bet for the coming weeks are passes at dawn/dusk when sunlight can reflect off the satellite.
“UK Access” states overhead pass durations and times, and “UK AER” states the elevation angles and specific times for the passes. These are passes until December 5th. Also, http://www.n2yo.com is an excellent, easy-to-use tool to view upcoming satellite passes for any input location. You can type in a NORAD ID in the top right box, and it’ll generate visible passes (only when there’s available sunlight reflection) for the next 10 days.
Overall, we’re trying to get as many eyes on the tethered vehicle (ALCHEMY) as possible, before it de-orbits. This will also be the vehicle that is much brighter than the other at dawn/dusk, because the tether is 70m long and made of aluminized kapton.
Other objects of interest from the same launch that may be one of our two DRAGRACER vehicles are Object ID #46954, and ID #46931. We will update if we obtain more information on which is likely to be the DRAGRACER unit(s).
As for a contact to send images or any reports of tracking/seeing the satellite, my email works just fine. There will be a submission portal for large files (raw images) on http://www.dragracersat.com, but this portal isn’t up just yet.
Please forward my contact information to anyone who wants to chat more or ask any questions.
Thanks and clear skies,
Optical Research & Development Engineer | Millennium Space Systems: A Boeing Company
2265 E. El Segundo Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245
971-266-97542 December 2020 at 1:22 am in reply to: ‘DRAGRACER’ Satellites, Alchemy / Augury De-Orbiting Observers needed #583435
See attached Orbital Elements Txt Files which have been converted to ‘doc file’ including one for observation from the UK. The status of the LEDs is unknown although there are reports that they may still be working. Any Observation data welcomed, please send Reports / contact Ellen Glad via her email firstname.lastname@example.org
Callum, disappointed, my schedule had provided an opportunity to attend at the last moment and I was going to contact you this evening to say I was attending. Just seen this news on the BAA Website!
Keith8 March 2020 at 12:09 am in reply to: Emergency Motion add to Special Gen. Meeting / Ord. Meeting Agenda 25th March 2020 #582085Victoria Girgis/Lowell Observatory.