Re: Crossed Paths

From: Denis (denis.boucher@telus.net)
Date: Thu Aug 05 2004 - 12:36:45 EDT

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    Kevin,
    
    I put the TLEs in my program and I got a distance of 35.6 km as the 
    closest approach. I does match the data below. In space, it is a close 
    pass for sure.
    
    Denis
    
    Kevin Fetter wrote:
    > Rob Mastson wrote a program called cola, that will tell you how close they came to each other, in
    > km.
    > 
    > You can download it from
    > 
    > http://users2.ev1.net/~mmccants/programs/index.html
    > 
    > Using these orbits
    > 
    > ATLAS CENTAUR R/B
    > 1 03598U 68110B   04217.89394203  .00000224  00000-0  58707-4 0  8328
    > 2 03598  34.9944 174.0227 0051819 354.0302   5.9770 14.52030317882657
    > SL-8 R/B
    > 1 04139U 69091B   04217.19029789  .00000094  00000-0  25740-4 0  9660
    > 2 04139  74.0319  92.3166 0005554 280.8470  79.2070 14.60244806842709
    > 
    > I first used stk, to compute the info, they came within 35 km of each other.
    > 
    > But here's some of the output from rob's program.
    > 
    > Satellites in range of ATLAS CENTAUR R/B:    1
    > 
    > Date       UTC Time   Norad   Name       Range (km) 
    > 
    > 8/ 3/2004  2:54:56.54  4139   SL-8 R/B   35.5   
    > 
    > Kevin
    > 
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