FASAT-B TLE mixup

Matson, Robert (ROBERT.D.MATSON@cpmx.saic.com)
Wed, 16 Jun 1999 17:52:47 -0700

Hi All,

Just a quick remark on FASAT-B.  I was contacted early this year by
a gentleman working at the Chilean Satellite Ground Station, asking
about the visibility of their satellite.  He informed me that the dimensions
were 65 x 35 x 35 cm, with a 6-meter boom -- more or less in agreement
with an earlier post.  However, he indicated that while FASAT-B is
1998-043B/25395, USSPACECOM has confused it with TECHSAT 1B,
which is 1998-043D/25397.  FASAT-B's elements actually appear
under 25397 (and presumably TECHSAT's are under 25395).  If
TECHSAT 1B is the larger of the two, that may explain why it was
easier to observe than expected.  --Rob