Re: Catastrophic Failure of Telstar T401

Mike McCants (mikem@fc.net)
Wed, 15 Jan 1997 12:36:03 -0600

Robert writes:

>Can anyone confirm visually whether or not T401 is still in its
>normal location? (Nothing but clouds and rain, alas, in California).

The rain in Texas has been freezing rain the last few days.
A beautiful clear blue sky out my window at 12:30CST.
No telling what tonight will bring.  :-)
But with any luck, I will have a chance and give it a try.

I have seen Telstar 401 only once, about 2 years ago.
At that time it seemed pretty bright - about 10th magnitude.
But there may be a first quarter moon up there near it tonight.

The most recent elsets from OIG do not indicate that anything
unusual has changed with the orbit.

1 22927U 93077A   96364.25281838 -.00000137 +00000-0 +00000-0 0 06554
2 22927 000.0158 252.8507 0002588 020.7217 178.4252 01.00271793010661

1 22927U 93077A   97003.33717449 -.00000129 +00000-0 +00000-0 0 06568
2 22927 000.0117 264.6509 0002196 011.9644 210.7500 01.00271240010719

1 22927U 93077A   97010.24397959 -.00000145  00000-0  00000+0 0  6585
2 22927   0.0214  13.0621 0002018 253.8954 193.6612  1.00270806 10789

1 22927U 93077A   97011.25198362 -.00000148  00000-0  00000+0 0  6598
2 22927   0.0118  13.0057 0002368 265.9310 185.5524  1.00270877 10794

1 22927U 93077A   97011.74607075 -.00000149  00000-0  00000+0 0  6601
2 22927   0.0084 356.8762 0002191 269.9244  16.0503  1.00270744 10799

1 22927U 93077A   97013.88653691 -.00000152  00000-0  00000+0 0  6618
2 22927   0.0155  63.0465 0002224 213.8144  58.6722  1.00270813 10814

1 22927U 93077A   97014.78159079 -.00000152  00000-0  00000+0 0  6620
2 22927   0.0175  75.2380 0002193 201.7811  21.6191  1.00270873 10826

Mike McCants
mikem@fc.net