96072A / USA 129 has been recovered

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@home.com)
Date: Fri Dec 01 2000 - 14:23:57 PST

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    I agree with Tony Beresford that he has recovered USA 129, per his post earlier
    today:
    
    http://www2.satellite.eu.org/seesat/Dec-2000/0004.html
    
    Further observations are required in order to determine the exact time of the
    manoeuvre, but I note that Tony reported USA 129 about 15 seconds early on
    these search elements:
    
    1 70002U          00335.01357639  .00040000  00000-0  60988-3 0    05
    2 70002  97.8152  35.2224 0513000 158.4454   0.0000 14.73500000    01
    
    and 26 seconds late on these search elements:
    
    1 70003U          00335.08094329  .00040000  00000-0  60988-3 0    07
    2 70003  97.8152  35.2887 0513000 158.2240   0.0000 14.73500000    08
    
    The epoch's of the above appear to be the most probable candidate manoeuvre
    times.
    
    Observers should allow for several minutes uncertainty in the time of arrival,
    based on the above elsets.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
    
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