Re: Possible reentry observation 8/22 at 1130 GMT, Pacific Ocean

Mike McCants (mikem@fc.net)
Sun, 25 Aug 1996 16:24:47 -0500

I have determined that 24281, the Soyuz rocket, could have re-entered
in that vicinity about 11:46UT on August 21. (not Aug. 22)

Time   N Lat  E Long
11:45   39.4  147.0
11:46   36.9  150.9
11:47   34.2  154.5

Assuming that the plane was near latitude 36 north, longitude 150 east,
this rocket would have had a path from northwest to southeast.

Note that your title said 11:30GMT on Aug 22 and the body of the message
said about 11AM GMT.

Last Spacecom elset:

Soyuz Rk
1 24281U 96047B   96234.52902945  .24767605  12666-4  25953-3 0   320
2 24281  51.6202 153.3934 0002903 126.7041 233.9304 16.50538701   659

The epoch of this elset is the S-N equator crossing after the 11:46 time,
but I believe that the computer could propagate the elset to the next
equator crossing even if the object had already re-entered.

Mike McCants
mikem@fc.net