Last updated: 6 February 2006
LXD55 8sc logo

Subject:	chase SuitSat with your Autostar...
Sent:	Saturday, February 4, 2006 13:29:52
From:	richard seymour (rseymour@wolfenet.com)
Mark B. of the LX200gps yahoo group posted a note about the Russian
'lauch' of SuitSat from the Space Station.

It's a Russian space suit that was released into space from the ISS.
It had a transmitter that was supposed to transmit a signal for amateur
radio folks to receive, but it apparently died.  Here's more info:


It's running about magnitude 3.5, so perhaps all isn't lost and the
amateur telescope community can gain from the amateur radio folks'
loss by catching an image of it.  They stuffed the suit with trash so
it looks eerily like a free-floating astronaut.  Now THAT would be a
sight to see (although I'm sure no scope could resolve it that clearly)!

I was, unfortunately, not too surprised that none of the articles,
including all of the sub-links i chased on the NASA site, gave the
 "offical" designator of the Suit.

But Celestrak ( www.celestrak.com ) came through, (current,
recent launches)  and the TLE's are:
1 28933U 05035C   06035.17648092  .00150877  00000-0  98827-3 0
2 28933  51.6460 151.5234 0008831 241.8711 118.1817 15.74747302

So you can plug those into the Autostar, and your scope will
predict and track the suitillite for you...

Since the suit is light, low and fairly draggy, the TLEs will
need to be refreshed fairly frequently, since the Autostar's
math doesn't take the drag factor into account.

(those TLEs are from 1pm PST Sat 4 Feb)

have fun

p.s. how to "plug them in":
http://www.weasner.com/etx/autostar/as_iss.html   <-- short
http://www.weasner.com/etx/autostar/as_satellite.html   <---long

Return to the top of this page.

Go back to the Alerts Page.

Go back to my LXD55 Home Page.

Copyright ©2006 Michael L. Weasner / mweasner@optcorp.com
Submittals Copyright © 2006 by the Submitter
URL = http://www.weasner.com/lxd/alerts/suitsat.html