Further Revised Iridium Elset

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Fri, 2 May 1997 17:49:03 -0600 (MDT)

Iridium   3 May Launch;  356 n.mi. park orbit
1 90000U 97-00x A 97123.63603240  .00000500  00000-0  00000-0 0    11
2 90000  86.4000 150.7722 0000001 313.0820 216.6810 14.76930000    16
Iridium   3 May Launch;  252 n.mi. park orbit
1 90000U 97-00x A 97123.63603240  .00000500  00000-0  00000-0 0    11
2 90000  86.4000 150.7722 0000001 313.0820 216.6810 15.35300000    13


Added 0.003 day and 1 degree of RAAN per Bjoern's suggestion.   I am still
providing elsets for two different parking orbits since I am not sure
which one is correct.  The 252 n.mi is based upon the Iridium website info
whereas the 356 n.mi, orbit was used in January.

Since that time they have added two spacecraft to the launch.

About 100 minutes after launch, the five spacecraft will be deployed and
separated by only a few kilometers.   Two hours after launch the solar arrays
will be deployed.  So until the boost sequencing starts at launch plus 96
hours, this may be a great sight, especially if conditions allow bright
flashes from the solar arrays.

Readers are cautioned that these elsets are the efforts of a novice.  Use at
your own risk!  I do believe they are close enough to allow people to see if
the satellites will be visible in the early days.

Ron