PPAS Format change (proposal)

From: Kurt Jonckheere (kjon@yucom.be)
Date: Sun Mar 12 2000 - 11:34:09 PST

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    PPAS Format change
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    [I don't want to start up a discussion about the PPAS format 
    on SeeSat-L as it is only significant for some of the 
    SeeSat subscribers, so in case you're interested please reply 
    to my new e-mail address kjon@yucom.be, I will post an 
    overview of the reactions within a week or so]
    
    The PPAS format was defined within the Belgian Working Group 
    Satellites several years ago.  It has been used for a long 
    time mainly to report observations of flashing satellites, 
    focussing on the flashing period itself.
    
    Because of the Y2K transition and other limited fields in the
    format, it was decided to change the format.
    
    This is the proposal :
    
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    Current Situation :
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    - PPAS format : 80 characters :
    
             1         2         3         4         5         6         7
    1234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789
    00-  3 B 00-01-31 21:26:12.6 JPH 167.3 0.2  10 16.73  F'F' u mag+2->inv
    96- 10 A 98-05-17 21:26:12.6 JPH 167.3 0.2  10 16.73  F'F' u mag+2->inv
    97- 34 C 98-06-16  2:51:53.5 WN   23.2  .4  24  0.97  FF', irr
    afterwards
    yy-nnncc yy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss.t OBS sss.t s.t nnn ss.ttt remarks
            date   & hour                      +- flash period
            of observation                  +- number of periods
                                         +- precision of time
     +- cospar identification        +- counting time
             of satellite         +- initials of observer
    
    
    -> current PPAS format NOT Y2K compliant, limited fields width, not
       easily sortable.
    
    
    Proposed New format :
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             1         2         3         4         5         6         7
    1234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789
    1996- 10AAE 1998-05-17 21:26:12.6  JPH 99167.3 0.2  10   16.73  F'F' u
    mag+2->inv
    1997- 34  C 1998-06-16  2:51:53.5  WN     23.2  .4  24    0.97  FF', irr
    afterwards
    2000-  1  B 2003-10-16 22:13       YZ    250.0 1.0  10   25.0     
    1981- 59  A 1998-09-22 20:13:58    RO                           
    SLIGHTLY
    1981- 59  A 2000-01-01 21:59       XX  90000.0 .15 16000  5.0000 This
    should be a very long line
    1981-159XXA 2000-12-31 23:59:59.99 XYZ 19000.0 10   1600  5.1234 This
    is..
    YYyy-nnnccC YYyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss.tt OBS sssss.t s.t nnnnn ss.ttt remarks
                 date   & hour                           +- flash
    period
                 of observation                     +- number of periods
                                                 +- precision of time
     +- cospar identification               +- counting time
             of satellite               +- initials of observer
    
    
    Please send your reactions to :
    kjon@yucom.be
    Kurt Jonckheere, observations collector for the Belgian
    Working Group Satellites.
    
    
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