Updated elements

From: Ted Molczan (ssl3molcz@rogers.com)
Date: Sun May 24 2009 - 15:02:40 UTC

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    The apparent time discrepancy between Russell Eberst's and Kevin Fetter's 09023B
    / 34904 data on the night of May 22-23 UTC, has been resolved: both are
    accurate. 
    
    Pierre Neirinck subsequently reported observations on one of the same passes as
    Russell, which were in agreement. Kevin provided a time-stamped video of a
    different LEO satellite, in a low drag orbit, made about 3 h prior to 09023B,
    which proved accurate. Observations 24 h later, by Marco Langbroek and Mike
    Waterman revealed that the orbit had changed sufficiently to require making the
    night of May 22-23 UTC the start a new arc.
    
    STSS-ATRR r                                              161 X 806 km
    1 34904U 09023B   09143.98905984  .00321242  00000-0  18996-3 0    06
    2 34904 112.5296 268.8709 0469683 289.4963  65.6041 15.26757227    01
    Arc 20090522.95-0524.00 WRMS resid 0.029 totl 0.009 xtrk
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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