SpaceTrack bug (?)

From: Ralph McConahy (
Date: Tue Sep 25 2007 - 20:40:54 EDT

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    Lately I've noticed that if I retrieve a TLE on SpaceTrack by entering the satellite ID and leaving the selection as "Latest Elset" it will return a recent TLE, but not necessarily the latest. If I select "Last 5 Elsets" it will return at least one that is more recent than the one that was returned as "Latest."
    Requesting 32058 (FOTON M3) returned the "Latest" with epoch of 07267.836...
    But asking for the "Last 5" returns:
    Notice that there are actually TWO newer TLEs since what it told me was the "Latest."
    Have others on this list seen this?
      Ralph McConahy
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