Re: Archives....MSTI-3 decay?

Alan Pickup (alan@wingar.demon.co.uk)
Thu, 24 Jun 1999 21:18:12 +0100

John locker <satcom@cybase.co.uk> writes
>I wonder if anyone can recall the date MTSI-3 decayed,and if possible the
>approx position of re-entry?
>(MSTI-3 was the sat targetted by the US navy laser weapon MIRACL ....the
>Navy said the test was a success,but later reports indicated that the
>satellite was unharmed by the incident , and decayed naturally )

According to a message posted by Rob Matson to this list on 1997
December 16, MSTI-3 was deorbited on December 11 and the word was that
it had re-entered over the south Pacific. He didn't give, and I don't
have, a time.

The final elset, with epoch on the day of the reported re-entry, is:

MSTI-3           3.0  0.0  0.0  6.0 d            396 x 223 km
1 23868U 96031A   97345.69038912  .00273080  28312-4  51228-3 0  2604
2 23868  97.0837 173.3982 0129200 353.6379   6.4817 15.87361129 88719

Alan
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