Just got the following notice from the TMSat team - >The TMSAT launch has been delayed again - this time for a longer period (10 >to 14 days). The satellites must now be demated from the rocket and the >batteries charged, which will take time. VideoCosmos <firstname.lastname@example.org> (Igor) said: >I doubt if elsets exist but one can try to generate these assuming >launch pad at 46N, 68E, launch azimuth of 192 deg (southern >path - BTW, it overflies the city of Baikonur a minute after liftoff). You know - this is asking for trouble .... "Honest - we thought that the rockets were reliable enough" >The final orbit of 98.5 deg, 835 km is to be achieved half-orbit >after launch. Launch time is June 24, 05:48 UTC. > >I've got some doubts on orbital height: previous launches went to >98 deg, 650 km. But the 835 km figure is what I was told. Can we split the difference? TMSat (one of the secondaries) is supposed to go in to an 823 km. orbit >On Dec 28, 1995 at 06:45 UTC, Indian IRS-1C was launched from >Baikonur into similar, slightly lower orbit. Actually a better choice for an initial orbit would be the previous Resurs-O1 1 launched on Nov 4, 1994. It was also a Zenit-2 launch vehicle (I believe IRS-1C was a Soyuz) and presumably had a similar ascent profile. I don't have the international ID or serial number for that mission though. >The five payloads other than Resurs O1 #4 are minor ones but >probably can be seen. Happy observing! I doubt it, there's all very small in the microsat category. Here's the Surrey web site for TMSat - http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/CSER/UOSAT/amateur/tmsat/index.html FASat-Bravo is another 50 kg. class UoSat SAFIR-2 is 60 kgs. IRIS-1 is 40 kgs. Techsat-2 is 70 kgs. all fairly small secondaries. Philip Chien, KC4YER Earth News world (in)famous writer, science fiction fan, ham radio operator, all-around nice guy, etc.