CZ-2 R/B Decay

Harro.Zimmer (Harro.Zimmer@t-online.de)
Thu, 21 Jan 1999 17:22:46 +0100

1998-074C (25559) CZ-2 R/B:
Alan discussed yesterday the strange behavior of the rocket body. The final decay
announcement from OIG (SpaceCom) shows:
                  Jan 20, 21:21 UTC +/- 39 minutes (44.1N, 105.3W)
There was also a last ELSET - 99020.8202... = 19:41 UTC . MPM delivers no decay
date with this input only the message "decayed". I suggest that the rocket body 
decayed at least a half hour earlier as Space Com estimated. But under the condi-
tion that the SpacCom time is realistic there is another strange fact:
The reentry began on an ascending pass over China. The trajectory  descending 
420 km east of the launch complex Jiuquan (41.10N, 100.3W) and ended in the 
border region of Mongolia.

Harro

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