Confused Globalstar Names

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Fri, 24 Apr 1998 21:08:01 -0600

Earlier I posted an elset that I thought was from today's Globalstar
launch.  The mean motion confused me until I realized the rocket
enters a lower perigee orbit after dispensing the payloads.  The first
elset below is from Alan's SatEvo site.  Compare it to the prelaunch
ROCKET elset I posted a few days ago (for the 23 April launch date).
The mean motion and eccentricity are close.  RAAN is close enough
since I did not adjust the rocket elset for the 24 April launch date.

Thus I conclude that the 98023A designation will eventually be changed
to 98023 E when all the pieces are cataloged.

98023A                                           1240 x 194 km
1 25306U 98023A   98114.94059181 -.00002699  00000-0  00000-0 0    19
2 25306  51.9670  89.2400 0737135  66.4111 301.3103 14.52610767    15

Rocket, 23 Apr 98, 22:54 UT  (Prelaunch elset)
1 91235U 980xxE   98114.02148746 -.00002414  76365-5  00000+0 0    19
2 91235  52.7233  94.5190 0696278 238.0363 115.0760 14.45588969    15

Ron Lee