Jason-3 Launch orbit estimations

From: Jon . via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:54:12 +0100
Hello all;

The last Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle is scheduled to launch Jason-3
satellite the 2016/01/17 at 18:42 UTC. Jason-3 will measure the height of
the ocean surface.
SpaceX will try to recover the first stage of the Falcon 9 v1.1 using one
of their two boats.

The spacecraft is aimed to 1328x1380Km, 66.03 inclination orbit.

This a very rough orbit made by trial and error should be enough to see
where is going to pass in the first few orbits, till the first orbit of the
JsPOC is released to the public. As allways this orbit is only valid if
launch occur at planned time. I dont know if exist any launch window.
NOTAMs are not released yet, so I'm not able to confirm the trajectroy

Jason-3 estimstion #0                                  1326 X 1379 km
1 70000U 16500A   16017.79237269 0.00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    01
2 70000  66.0380 116.4041 0033960 325.2919 208.7267 12.76844533    06

The errors will be probably several degrees and minutes per day after epoch.
Probably I will not be able to see the launch so if a launch window exist I
will not be able to update the orbit if a delay occurs.

​The spacecraft will be visible in high northem (~+50) and southem (~-40)

​Be good!!


Jon, COSPAR 6242, 42.9453, -2.82839, 623m, Bitoriano, Basque Country.
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