Re: End of the world?

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Sun Aug 08 2004 - 17:38:26 EDT

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    I should have said that if Mike McCants decides to retire from 
    his many years of occupation with orbital elements, he's 
    certainly earned it!  The files I've been regularly using for 
    several years, mccants.tle (formerly molczan.tle -- Thanks, 
    Ted!), eccen.tle, leo.tle, and geo.tle, plus highdrag.tle and 
    highdrg2.tle, total something like 4,000 objects, or more.  I 
    know a lot of the processes have been automated, but it's 
    still a very big deal -- in addition to analyzing hundreds of 
    positional observations per week.  Thank you very much, Mike!
    I wrote:
    >See Mike's note, at the top of his home page, about TLE files:
    >For those of us such as I who enjoy watching many satellites, 
    >including space junk (e.g., Centaurs, flashing geosynchs,
    >etc.), just for fun, it's sounding like the end is nigh.  It's
    >been fun for 8.5 years....
    BTW, thank you to Graham for posting the Celestrak notice, 
    which I might not have see otherwise, and to Kevin for the old
    WorldNet article, which I don't remember seeing before.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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