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I found it. It was NOSS 3-1, a satellite pair. Found it through heavens above. The pair also explains the apparent tumbling. However, it seemed much brighter than 4.1, but it‘s definitely it.


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My small team at Dynacon in Toronto designed the software used by the gimbals to point the SGANTs (Space to Ground ANTennas); SPAR Aerospace's Montreal plant developed the SGANTs for GE (ISS comms subsystem contractor), who in turn were subcontractors to McDonnell Douglas (Work Package 3 contractor, IIRC, reporting to NASA's Johnson Space Centre). This was ...


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Canned food was also used in Apollo, starting with Apollo 10. A more recent development in thermostabilized-food packaging for manned space flight is the use of rigid aluminum cans with full-panel pullout lids . This type of can was used in space for the first time during the Apollo 10 flight in May 1969. The package proved so successful that its use in ...


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In-the-sky.org doesn't show anything that quite matches your specification. There was an H-2A rocket body (i.e. upper stage) overhead at 7:46 going from NE to ESE; there was an SL-16 (Zenit) rocket body a couple of minutes later going ESE to N. Tumbling rocket bodies can vary considerably in brightness.


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It would be better to know the part of the sky the two objects traveled. At any time there are tens of satellites over any spot on Earth, so not having your orientation nor constellations as reference is very difficult to assert what you actually saw. You gave very very little information thus my answer has to rely in heavy assumptions: I'm going to assume ...


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A circular orbit at 400 km height has a period of 1 hour, 32 minutes and 24 seconds. At 302 km it is 1:30:24, only two minutes faster. If the chaser at 302 km was launched 20 seconds too late, it will need 1/6 of a full orbit to keep up to the target at 400 km, or 15 minutes and 4 seconds. But the target and the chaser are now above the same point on Earth ...


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