Object 18911

From: Jonathan McDowell (jcm@head.cfa.harvard.edu)
Date: Sat Dec 24 2005 - 23:40:59 EST

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    This is a note for satellite catalog fans. I have just noticed that
    18911 = 1967-14M, ostensibly a fragment of Diademe 2, has TLEs going back
    to 1961. From its orbit, it is clearly in fact a piece of 1961 Delta = Explorer IX.
    Also, 1967-11Q is really from the 1967-14 launch, and 02683 = 1967-14E has
    only spurious TLEs (from some West Ford debris) in the archive; old Satellite Situation
    Reports from the 1960s have more plausible orbital data for it.
    I don't recall these errors being noted before, apologies if this is a repeat.
      - Jonathan
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