Re:High Altitude Unknown

From: Greg Roberts (
Date: Tue Jan 07 2003 - 07:56:08 EST

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    Hi Kevin
    Thanks for having a go. Your figures are close to what I estimated ( I got
     n = 0.60 rev/day , ie period 2398 minutes, RA Node 136.29 degrees and
    epoch 03003.6037 but I am sure both are wrong as its most probable
    that the object is in an eccentric orbit.
    Unless Im VERY lucky I doubt if  Ill ever see it again due to its flashing
    behavour. It was easy when it was flashing but once it stopped it was
    invisible and although it would have been in the FOV of the camera for a
    reasonable length of time it did not resume flashing so I guess it was just
    at the critical phase angle or attitude to give a few flashes.
    So yet another "unknown" escapes..
    >Date: Mon, 06 Jan 2003 06:24:09 +0000
    >From: "Kevin Fetter" <>
    >Subject: Re:High Altitude Unknown
    >I fooled around with IOD, and get the following very approx orbit
    >Don't trust it to much, as I generated it. I have no clue what I am doing
    >and shouldn't fool around with orbit genaeration. I'll leave that to people
    >way better at then me.
    >Anyways here the orbit
    >1 99999U 02004  A 03004.84384838 +.00000000 +00000+0 +00000+0 6 00020
    >2 99999  28.1732 134.1018 0584116 330.2604 306.2440  0.56818677000000
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