RE: Satellite Database released

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Fri Dec 09 2005 - 08:00:33 EST

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    Ed Cannon wrote:
    > I noticed that the database does not include Lacrosse 2 (21147, 
    > 91-017A), which has been observed within the last few days.
    As I understand it, the intent was to include only operational satellites. There
    is some doubt whether or not Lacrosse 2 remains operational. Lacrosse 1 was
    de-orbited at the end of its useful life, so the continued presence of Lacrosse
    2 in orbit suggests that it remains operational. On the other hand, it is very
    old, and it cannot be ruled out that it died suddenly, preventing de-orbit. Time
    will tell.
    Ted Molczan
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