Iridium bunch, Mir, etc.

Walter Nissen (dk058@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Thu, 28 Aug 1997 14:47:20 -0400 (EDT)

The elsets coming from OIG for the latest bunch of Iridia have stabilized 
somewhat.  Empirical evidence and consistency both suggest that the ndot2 
given below for Iridium 25 should be corrected to approximate the ndot2's 
for the others.  The bunch are slowly separating from one another.  (Sorry 
to freak out my American friends by suddenly slipping into British English 
there, but it really seems natural). 
 
I've seen a few passes of Iridia and haven't yet seen anything that would 
warrant an exclamation mark. 
 
Is there any significance to the fact the Iridia are being catalogued and 
numbered in inverse order? 
 
 
On Tuesday the front-page headline in the Plain Dealer was "Mir Crew Hit 
by New Trouble", meaning the oxygen generators.  On Wednesday, the page 3 
report referred to those "widespread reports -- all based on NASA 
information" and further reported that "Russian ground controllers branded 
that 'utter nonsense'", going on to say that everything has been fine on 
board and that "'We think we coordinate things quite well' with NASA. 
'It's all the media's fault'". 
 
A recent post to HearSat-L (to subscribe, send mail to: 
majordomo@grove.net with only "subscribe hearsat-l Your Name" in the body 
of the e-mail) reports that Lewis is spinning out of control, but that it 
may be recoverable. 
 
 
Would anyone want to hazard a guess that the correct name for 
97- 25B = 24809 would be "Thor 2A r1"? 
 
 
Cheers. 
 
Walter Nissen                   dk058@cleveland.freenet.edu 
 
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Iridium 26 
1 24903U 97043A   97240.18276784 -.00048606 +00000-0 -34988-2 0 00661 
2 24903 086.6948 037.9408 0011881 208.5490 151.5091 15.04496284001072 
Iridium 25 
1 24904U 97043B   97240.51463361 -.00043203  00000-0 -30960-2 0   291 
2 24904  86.6947  37.8071 0012181 208.2364 151.8225 15.04636730  1128 
Iridium 24 
1 24905U 97043C   97240.51449739 -.00045982  00000-0 -32949-2 0   302 
2 24905  86.6922  37.8048 0012562 204.9236 155.1456 15.04647939  1126 
Iridium 23 
1 24906U 97043D   97240.18165243 -.00048772 +00000-0 -34884-2 0 00716 
2 24906 086.6966 037.9474 0012670 208.1616 151.8929 15.04728910001078 
Iridium 22 
1 24907U 97043E   97240.18109452 -.00049473 +00000-0 -35272-2 0 00707 
2 24907 086.6966 037.9467 0013577 207.9655 152.0858 15.04841387001076 
Iridium 26 r 
1 24908U 97043F   97240.10193108 +.00177391 -97473-6 +32958-3 0 00302 
2 24908 082.6313 034.1979 0237557 324.0725 034.4700 15.66347293001109 
Lewis 
1 24909U 97044A   97240.49081865  .00140412  00000-0  51366-3 0   268 
2 24909  97.5639 135.0056 0019239 230.5172 129.5038 15.87992664  1005 
Lewis r 
1 24910U 97044B   97240.16697574 +.00077429 +45428-5 +23910-3 0 00139
2 24910 097.5656 134.5932 0009446 225.7437 134.3065 15.91780085000776