SZ 2 orbital module chugs again

From: Phillip Clark (
Date: Thu Mar 15 2001 - 22:25:24 PST

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    As the symbol of one space programe heads towards its demise, some
    news relating to the start of the new kid on the block, as far as
    manned programmes are concerned.
    On March 15 the Shen Zhou 2 orbital module did its second orbital
    maintenence manoeuvre, countering orbital decay.   Using SATRAK I
    calculate that the manoeuvre was about 05.04 GMT when the module was
    over 31.6 deg S, 38.7 deg E.   Pre- and post- orbital manoeuvre data
    are below.
    Looks like the Chinese space programme is certainly the one which
    deserves the kind of monitoring and especially analysis which we used
    to give to the Soviet programme .......
    Phillip Clark
    Catalogue      Orbital      Orbital    Orbital  Perigee    Apogee   Arg of
      Number        Epoch     Inclination   Period                     Perigee
                                  deg         min      km        km      deg
    26687       2001 Mar 15.12   42.58       92.28      382       390     17
    26687       2001 Mar 15.62   42.59       92.55      394       405    272
    Phillip S Clark                                     22 Winterbourne Close
    Molniya Space Consultancy                           Hastings
    Compiler/Publisher, Worldwide Satellite Launches    E Sussex  TN34 1XG
    Specialist in "space archeology" - the older and more obscure the more 
    interesting it is !
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