Re: Sputnik launched

Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Fri, 13 Nov 1998 02:50:40 -0500

John (vansluytman@juno.com), on Thu, 12 Nov 1998, at about
 08:38:58 -0500, wrote:

> Does anyone have the TLE for Sputnik 41 / RS-18 ?
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> 
> ARLS015 Sputnik 41/RS-18 Launched from Mir
> 
> Russian cosmonauts launched another mini-Sputnik satellite 
> November 10 during a spacewalk from the Mir space station.  
> The launch of Sputnik 41--also being called RS-18 ....

I don't think there are elsets yet (?), but here's a brief 
quote of its launch/deployment from a Space Today article, 
"Mir cosmonauts install 'meteor trap' during spacewalk", at:

  http://www.flatoday.com/space/today/111198f.htm

> At the start of the spacewalk, Padalka and Avdeyev released 
> a seven-pound satellite model made by schoolchildren from
> several countries. 
>
> "Toss it gently toward the moon," Padalka told Avdeyev. 

Any of our experts want to estimate the orbital elements?

Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA