RE: Propellant dump and NOSS duo obs

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Thu Feb 03 2005 - 07:19:32 EST

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    Daniel, I enjoyed your observation report. I would loved to have seen it myself,
    but am very pleased to have your excellent description.
    Based on your timed observation, I have manually adjusted the RAAN and mean
    anomaly of my MECO2 search elements for the payloads:
    1 70999U          05034.37193287  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    09
    2 70999  63.4167 162.0800 0132437 179.7272 103.5500 13.39694040    08
    This also agrees very well with your second un-timed position.
    The orbital plane is roughly 7 deg east of my estimate. Prediction time
    uncertainty after 24 h is about 3 min; more likely to be early than late.
    I believe I spotted the Centaur through clouds at 11:29 UTC, slowly rotating.
    Ted Molczan
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