Observation request - Arkyd-6A, Planetary Resources 6U Cubesat

Planetary Resources launched it’s Arkyd-6A satellite in January of 2018 - and while we ran a successful 2 month mission with many radio contacts, I’ve never actually seen it in the sky.

It is in a 487 x 502 km, 97.5° polar orbit, and from my observing site, is predicted to be visible to the north at relatively low elevations. As a small, 6U cubesat, it is likely to be 9th magnitude or dimmer - depending on its orientation.

In addition to spotting it optically for the first time, it would be also be interesting to know if its stable (perhaps in 3-axis, or 1-axis attitude control) or tumbling.

I’ll need to relocate my station to somewhere with a low elevation mask to the north in order to find this, but would be interested to know if others are interested in helping me try to spot it!

https://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=43130

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On it! Send good weather…

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