1994-85 FYI

From: Jeff Brower <jbrower_at_teal.csn.net>
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 1995 12:11:38 -0400
I thought the following information might be of interest to the group.  I
checked the latest 4,000 element file at the kilroy ftp site and it only
contain 94-085A and 95-085B.  Any body have the keps for the fragments?

Begin quote from AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 091.02 April 1, 1995
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SB SAT @ AMSAT   $ANS-091.02
RS-15 OBJECT NUMBER CONFUSION

HR AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 091.02 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD APRIL 1, 1995
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS BT
BID: $ANS-091.02

G3IOR Explains Early Confusion Over RS-15 Object Number

It is now apparent as to why reports of many other objects emanating from
the RS-15 ROKOT launch appeared, and as to why NORAD/NASA and RS3A were so
far out with the earlier Keplerian Element data on RS-15.

Three and a half hours after launch, while over USA, the third stage of the
ROKOT launch vehicle exploded violently, scattering fragments up to thirty
feet in size in RS-15's orbital path.  Some of these would have given far
better RADAR reflectivity than the actual RS-15 satellite itself.  RS-15
will probably be safe from any collision and ensuing damage, as the
fragmentary sections will have a far lower mass to drag coefficient ratio
than the satellite, so causing them to drop quickly from RS-15's path.

------------------- End Quote ------------------

Here are the current keps for 94-08A and B:

94085  A
1 23439U 94085  A 95087.16994341 -.00000039  00000-0  10000-3 0   384
2 23439  64.8217  26.0109 0168017 276.2293  81.9510 11.27526316 10383
94085  B
1 23440U 94085  B 95087.29200500 -.00000042  00000-0  10000-4 0   236
2 23440  64.8353  25.9842 0188629 276.1170  81.8293 11.27115460 10394

Jeff

Jeff Brower jbrower@teal.csn.net OR NK0L@amsat.org
Ham: NK0L Pilot: Comm/INST/CFI  AMSAT Member
Interest: Satellite telemetry/tracking, Astronomy, CAP, Mac Programming
Received on Mon Apr 03 1995 - 11:53:55 UTC

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