Re: Orion 3 -- weird elements

From: Michael McCants (
Date: Mon Mar 11 2002 - 14:01:15 EST

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    >Ed Cannon wrote:
    >>What thoughts does anyone have any on the following element sets, 
    >>which I just got from OIG?
    I wrote:
    >All of these elsets are crazy.
    However, some time has passed and the elsets have stabilized:
    Orion 3
    1 25727U 99024A   02069.93871133 +.00000089 +00000-0 +10000-3 0 05277
    2 25727 019.8336 315.3093 0041194 174.5691 185.5084 10.39123598146789
    We observed this object on Saturday evening and we found a regular
    light variation with a period of about 20 seconds and an intrinsic
    magnitude that was close enough to Orion 3.
    Ed contacted OIG last week and they said that Spacecom said that the
    owners had changed the orbit of the object.  So apparently the "weird"
    elsets were valid transition elsets as the object was maneuvered from
    a 29 degree inclination eccentric orbit into a higher, 20 degree
    circular orbit.  Ed found year-old references to a possible "Shuttle
    rescue mission".  It would seem that such a rescue is no longer being
    considered, so some payload fuel was used to boost Orion 3 into
    a higher, circular orbit.
    Mike McCants
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