Re: USA 86 / 116

bjorn@tt-tech.se
Wed, 19 Jun 1996 12:20:02 +0100

Jonathan's Space Report no.267 has :
..
Dec  5 2118   USA 116?         Titan 4        Vandenberg SLC4E Recon  =20
     66A
..

This, along with previous SeeSat-L notes by Ted Molczan, myself, and  =20
others,
(some of which are included/linked on my "lostfoun.htm" page)
lead me to postulate that it is more likely that the object I observed on =20=
=20
Apr.10
and Russell on June 15, is the same object, and that it is more likely  =20
that
it is #23728 USA 116.

The object in the MM 14.544 orbit would be #22251 USA 86.
According to the article in "Novosti Kosmonavtiki" published on SeeSat-L,
USA 86 was still in a standard orbit in Dec., and USA 116 in a LOWER  =20
orbit.

The higher drift rate in this low orbit could account for the difference
between my 21:29 estimate and the JSR time 21:18 UT.

On the other hand, given a longer time frame, it could also compensate  =20
for
the more eastward position of the high orbit, so this is by no means
hard evidence !

I will look for the old orbits, and try to compute when USA 116 could  =20
have
moved to the standard orbit, and USA 86 to the HIGHER orbit.

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