DMSP F19 search elements

From: Ted Molczan <ssl3molcz_at_rogers.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 18:40:36 -0400
DMSP F19 is scheduled for launch on 2014 Apr 03, between 14:46 UTC and 14:56 UTC, from Vandenberg AFB, aboard an Atlas
5-401 rocket.

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/atlas/av044/status.html

Assuming launch at the start of the window, DMSP F19 will enter approximately the following orbit:

DMSP F19                                                 836 X 851 km
1 72910U          14093.62916667  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    02
2 72910  98.8700 108.7594 0009822 290.9949 261.2085 14.13825356    02

I have found no evidence in the Broadcast Warning messages that the Centaur's de-orbit burn will return it to Earth;
therefore, I assume that it will enter a heliocentric orbit. Precedents I recall are the launches of DMSP F18 (09057A /
35951), OTV 1 (10015A / 36514) and Landsat 8 (13008A / 39084).

Ted Molczan


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