Re: DM-F3 / Delta 3 RB - Who is Who ?

From: Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Date: Sat Aug 26 2000 - 12:23:09 PDT

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    At 03:53 PM 8/26/00 +0200, you wrote:
    >
    >My preliminary conclusion: SpaceCom has misidentified the objects. #26475
    >is the RB and #26476 is the dummy payload. I think it would possible to
    >make a final decision based on visual observations.
    >BTW: My calculations based on a random tumbling of the objects. But also if
    >you assume a specific attitude the conclusion remains unchanged.
    >
    >Harro
    
    Now this just torques me big time.  I had to get up in the middle of
    the night to see #26476.  I downloaded fresh elsets that showed the 
    payload going by 2 hours earlier.  It did not make sense that it would
    be that different less than 24 hours after launch but elsets do not
    lie.
    
    I downloaded elsets after your email and the two objects were only apart
    by 30 seconds and less than 0.5 degree declination.  I should have seen
    both but was not looking for #26475.  
    
    BTW, #26476 was steady during the time I saw it.
    
    Ron Lee
    
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