SV: Cosmos 398 : When did it decay?

bjorn@tt-tech.se
Mon, 18 Dec 1995 10:34:52 +0100

Rainer Kracht wrote:
>>
>> My only hint is a report by Itar-Tass saying that debris of Cosmos 398
>> has fallen into the pacific ocean about 2100 km southeast of Hawaii.
>> With the last elset

Cosmos 398
1 04966U 71016A   95344.69514904  .14112176  13011-4  11508-3 0  1783
2 04966  51.3552  76.9050 002555   35.4339 324.8613 16.49944148852405

>> output from Kelso's TrakStar is:
>>                         latitude      longitude       altitude
>> 1995 Dec 10  20:14:00   14055'10" N   138045'47" W    135.653
>> 1995 Dec 10  20:15:00   11043'59" N   136017'34" W    136.277
>> Cosmos 398 was 2100 km ESE from Hawaii at about 20:15 UTC.
>>
>> Is this the decay time?

I have no confirmation either, except Patrick Schmeer's message about
"3sat videotext" - ... near Hawaii ..." .
My extrapolations from the last six elsets give the same time, +- 30   
min.,
and Pierre Neirinck's prediction was Dec. 10.8 +- 0.2 days, which are
in good agreement.

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