Mars Pathfinder delayed

Bjoern Gimle (
Mon, 2 Dec 1996 22:22:18 +0100 (MET)

CNN reports:
                     NASA has delayed the launch of a
                     spacecraft to Mars until Tuesday
                     because of a cold front bringing strong
                     wind, thick clouds and rain to Florida. 

    The front was expected in the area by early Monday, when the
    Mars Pathfinder was supposed to lift off on an unmanned Delta
    rocket. Forecasters predicted a 95 percent chance of poor weather. 

                                    Mission managers on Sunday
                                    rescheduled the launch for 2:03
                                    a.m. Tuesday, when much better
                                    weather is expected. 
Because of a heavy workload, I have not yet had time to play with
what Neil Clifford called my (integration) toy.

If someone has the time, I noticed from an RPV BBS catalog I had saved,
that there is a program called PCTRAJ there, which may do the job, 
though you also have to adjust the vectors for the launch delay.

Here are the vectors for the Dec.02 launch, for the last elliptic orbit,
and the escape :

Vector format = 0106
0,2,29994,96337.34524446,6551.47265,  59.16734,160.83476,\\

--              +46-8-7428086  (home)  --
-- 59.22371 N, 18.22857 E           AND member of :       --
--   seesat-l / seesat-d   --
--                +46-8-59095783 (office)--