NASA/GSFC OIG BBS database updating greatly improved.

Ted Molczan (
Fri, 3 Jan 1997 09:37:27 -0500

Today, one of the persons responsible for updating
the OIG (orbital Information Group) database at
NASA/GSFC (Goddard Spaceflight Center), has advised
me that updates now are made automatically every 
2 hours, 24 h/day, 7 d/wk. Newly launched/catalogued
objects are added automatically.

This explains why Jeff Hunt was able to download fresh
elements of the Mars'96 rocket stage on Sunday, Nov 17.
The new software was being tested that weekend. There
have been some bugs, so the system has not always been
allowed to do unattended updates, but I am told the
bugs have now been dealt with.

This improved service will be especially welcome news for 
those who track new launches or objects near decay.

Clear skies,
Ted Molczan