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Update- New Object near SSETI

Greetings- Although the element sets on the new object are readily
available on the Space-track.org website, I wanted to supply the latest
directly to you.  We continue to track this object reliably with our
radars, and it is slowly moving away from SSETI.  This leads us to the
conclusion that the object is not a lightweight piece of foil or Mylar
type material, since these decay more quickly.  This is also reflected
in the very small Ndot term in the element set.  So it seems likely to
us that this is likely an object with some mass, and our radars report
it is quite small.  

Best wishes in your efforts to contact this object.  We would be
interested if you make contact, so please let us know if you have


1 28897U 05043H   05356.70226803  .00000182  00000-0  48118-4 0    58
2 28897 098.1779 252.6230 0017791 005.4499 354.6921 14.59489332   382 
G. Taft DeVere, GS-14
DSN 834-3708

-----Original Message-----
From: Devere, George T GS-14 AFSPC/XPYC 
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2005 2:13 PM
To: 'Ian Ashley'; Radu Barza; Freddy Pranajaya;
missioncontrol@sseti.org; 'Amsat-bb'; ncube@rocketrange.no;
STLee@calpoly.edu; operation@space.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp;
g.shirville@btinternet.com; Yohko; nakasuka@space.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp; Neil
Melville; 'graham@shirville.com'
Cc: Jenkins Edna L Civ 1 SPCS/DOME; Randolph, Jason C GS-13 AFSPC/XPYC
Subject: URGENT! New Object near SSETI

Greetings:  I am not sure who to send this to so I am including all
members of the SSETI Team.  

We (US Air Force) have discovered a new object that is quite close to
the SSETI payload.  We are in the process of cataloging this as 28897
and I will supply an element set shortly, but it is still fairly close
to SSETI.  We believe that this object was ejected on 15 Dec at about

We are wondering if it is possible that this is the N-Cube spacecraft?
I do not understand all of the details of deployment, but we are
wondering if it is possible that the N-Cube satellite could now be
separated and active?  Is there a way to check on this? I fear that the
N-Cube folks may have given up, so I am not sure how to contact them.
Perhaps there is a way to see if there is an N-Cube signal using the
SSETI element set?



G. Taft DeVere, GS-14
DSN 834-3708
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