96072A manoeuvre alert; was Nov 15 Obs

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@home.com)
Date: Wed Nov 15 2000 - 16:29:07 PST

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    Tony Beresford reported:
    > In IOD format
    > 24680 96 072A   8597 G 20001115130233700 27 25 1510000-835500 48 S+070 05
    > Within 8 seconds of time predicted , so I assume identification is correct.
    Looks good to me, and timely given that a major re-boost manoeuvre is likely to
    occur on or about 2000 Nov 24, when 96072A's argument of perigee next reaches
    the equator. 95066A (NORAD #23728) would make a similar manoeuvre at about the
    same time, assuming that it is still in orbit.
    If 96072A's does not manoeuvre on the 24th, then the next opportunity would
    occur about 10 days later, when 95066A's argument of perigee reaches the
    equator, and both spacecraft would manoeuvre.
    Ted Molczan
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