Re: Shenzhou module?

From: Mir16609@aol.com
Date: Mon Apr 01 2002 - 14:41:39 EST

  • Next message: Jonathan T Wojack: "Re: Shenzhou module?"

    In a message dated Mon, 1 Apr 2002  8:32:50 AM Eastern Standard Time, Phillip Clark <psclark@dircon.co.uk> writes:
    
    > On Mon, 1 Apr 2002, Edward S Light wrote:
    > > OIG is now giving elements for:
    > > UNK
    > > 1 27408U 02014C   02091.43726331 -.01229964  00000-0 -77166-2 0    17
    > > 2 27408  42.4101 346.6086 0006772 322.3544 211.6198 15.78523509    17
    > > Is the Shenzhou reentry module or the capsule which will remain in orbit?
    > 
    > I expect that this is the orbital module.
    > 
    > If it behaves like the SZ 2 orbital module, we should see a manoeuvre
    > tomorrow (Tuesday) to raise the orbit to ~400 km circular.   That is when
    > I expect the small sub-satellite will separate.   Higher altitude ==>
    > longer orbital lifetime.   I discussed this last week in a piece sent in
    > to the www.janes.com web site.
    
    Looks like the separation and deorbit has occurred.
    
    From OIG:
    SHENZHOU III    Decayed: 2002/04/01
    1 27397U 02014A   02091.47145833 -.00164707  00000-0 -92596-3 0   310
    2 27397  42.4075 346.3970 0006514 327.4528  41.1187 15.78651296  1093
    
    Cheers,
    Don Gardner  39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m ASL
    http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
    
    
    
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