Decay watch: Dec 26 (C 2361 r)

Alan Pickup (alan@wingar.demon.co.uk)
Sun, 26 Dec 1999 17:26:36 +0000

The Tsyklon-2 rocket that launched Cosmos 2361 earlier today is decaying
rapidly, though there are too few elsets for my usual analysis. Taking
just the latest elset...

Cosmos 2361 r    2.5  2.0  0.0  6.0 d    5       317 x 111 km
1 26041U 99072B   99360.58678733  .57321647  90390-5  71403-3 0    73
2 26041  65.0114 248.3941 0156166  51.8576  19.5338 16.22194770    42

...I get a decay at Dec 26 18:29 UTC +-3h near 59.3 N, 73.1 W over N
Quebec, Canada. Its deep perigee occurs a little earlier over southern
Minnesota. If it continues in orbit, it crosses Europe from the Shetland
Is at 18:38 UTC to Bulgaria at 18:43, passing N of Berlin at 18:40. My
SatEvo-predicted elset for the final rev is:

Cosmos 2361 r    2.5  2.0  0.0  6.0 d    5       165 x 101 km
1 26041U 99072B   99360.75826221 1.86980953  24083+2  80052-3 0 90074
2 26041  65.0018 247.7392 0048937  51.7743 308.6652 16.52411082    74

SpaceCom has a later decay at Dec 26 20:37 +-4h at 35.3 S, 43.3 E.

More details on my Decay Watch page at:
      http://www.wingar.demon.co.uk/satevo/dkwatch/

Alan
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