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#1 obin robinson

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 05:39 PM

Here's a rare chance to catch a Boeing 702 before they park it 30,000+ miles away and it goes to magnitude 15 or so:


"Loaded atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket, the [US]$342 million Wideband Global SATCOM 5 satellite headed skyward from Cape Canaveral at 8:27 p.m. EDT en route to a supersynchronous transfer orbit.

"Forty-one minutes later, the powerful booster successfully released the 13,200-pound [5,987-kg] payload into an orbit looping as high as 36,125 nautical miles [66,904 km], as low as 237 miles [439 km] and tilted 24 degrees to the equator.

"Controllers at Boeing's facilities in El Segundo, Calif., will maneuver the satellite into a circular geosynchronous orbit by early summer, allowing the craft to match Earth's rotation and appear fixed above the globe."

The TLEs for this satellite are not yet available but they should be up within the next day or so. The Boeing 702 is a big beast of a machine and it should be easy to see when it swings only 237 miles up. It will be going FAST so chances are you will need binoculars or a fast and smooth mount to track it.

If you can catch a view of this one before it all but disappears. Once it's up there it won't be re-entering the atmosphere for another 8 to million years or so.

obin :cool:

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