OIG updates for decayed military objects - was RE: how useful are these old

Philip Chien (kc4yer@amsat.org)
Wed, 15 Jan 1997 08:33:32 -0500

Jeff Hunt <jhunt@eagle1.eaglenet.com> said:

>As to, "are they still in orbit"; well, OIG's d(a)ta base still lists them
>as "no elements available" so it seems they are still in orbit. I believe if
>they had decayed they would list them as "decayed" even though they are
>classified sats and OIG doesn't provide elements for them.

As others have noted that DoD is not exactly honest about providing
information on its payloads and associated objects.

It's quite clear that the GAS-clas shuttle ejectable payloads on STS-28 and
STS-39 are no longer in orbit - even though the element sets claim that
they are.

Oh yeah, standard Philip Chien shuttle launch sighting report.

Only saw STS-81 shuttle launch through 5 minutes 30 seconds after launch.  darn.

Philip Chien, KC4YER
Earth News - space writer and consultant
note new E-mail address - pchien@digital.net