Norad/Cospar changes

From: Tristan Cools <>
Date: Mon, 1 May 1995 15:39:36 -0400


For a while now, Bart and I had a little discussion concerning changing
USSPACECOM and COSPAR identifications. Designations of certain satellites
have been changed in the passed or present. The most recent example is
92-38A which was SAMPEX but now is the Scout rocket and vice versa.

I find such changes very frustrating, especialy when you are trying to
collect, archive and analyse new observations.

What could we do in order to have a uniform system ?

*We keep the old designations.
 Then You should be aware that at the time the satellite has got a new
designation you aren't looking at the same object anymore. You should use
the elements of the other object.

*We change when USSPACECOM changes.
 Then we have two designations for one and the same object. One designation
before and one after the change.
 Of course we can change all previous designations into the new ones.

*We change when we *think* USSPACECOM has interchanged the designations(or
is tracking the wrong object)
 CFR 92-38A, 78-18B etc.

Let me know (via Seesat L) what you think about it.

By the way, from next month on I will include the Norad number in the
observational section of Flash.


Tristan Cools
Received on Mon May 01 1995 - 15:59:28 UTC

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