Re: Ephemerides for Falcon Heavy hardware?

From: C. Bassa via Seesat-l <>
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2018 00:20:23 +0100
JSpOC orbit is available on

43205: 182km x 6953km _at_ 29.02 deg.

Happy hunting!


On Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 4:18 AM, Bill Gray via Seesat-l
<> wrote:
> Hello all,
>    A question has come up on the Minor Planet Mailing List
> about the possibility of tracking hardware from the Falcon
> Heavy launch,  especially bits going into heliocentric orbit.
> Problem is,  we don't actually know where to look.  We're
> really more "rock" oriented than "artificial object" oriented,
> so I thought I'd ask opinions on this list (as I've done before
> a few times.)  I made a few comments on MPML about this launch :
>    For various reasons,  we like to get at least a few images of
> any bits and bobs that our species sends into heliocentric orbit.
> We've sometimes seen unexpected parts fall off (there were some
> pieces that we think were ice chunks that came off of the
> Planck/Herschel mission and some unidentified debris from ExoMars,
> for example).  We also would like to be able to identify objects
> should they come back to our neighborhood,  which has happened a
> few times.  We've been able to ID a few such objects,  such as the
> SIV-B stage from Apollo 12 that was temporarily captured in 2003.
> But such identifications are a lot easier if we know what's been
> launched and in what direction it was last seen to be going.
>    So... does anyone have a source of predicted ephemerides for the
> pieces of this launch that will enter heliocentric orbit?
>    And if you get observations,  I will definitely be all ears!
> Thank you,       -- Bill
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