RE: Shenzhou 7 has landed

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Sun Sep 28 2008 - 16:41:38 UTC

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    Daniel Deak wrote:
    > Looks like the orbital module has the catalog number 33392 (object G).
    That object may be the sub-satellite that reportedly was to have been deployed;
    it appeared too soon to have been the orbital module. Its orbit appears to be a
    bit higher than that of Shenzhou; I am waiting for the values of its elements to
    settle down, before attempting any analysis to determine when/where and how fast
    it separated.
    > Four debris objects have been associated with this launch. 
    > Debris C and D are about at the rocket stage orbit and
    > debris E and F are near the Shenzhou 7 orbit.
    All four are separation motor covers, shed by the rocket during spacecraft
    separation, about 10 min after launch. Their initial perigee was near 202 km;
    apogee more than 500 km. Typically they decay with a few days of launch.
    Ted Molczan
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