SSO-A with Orbital Reflector launch tomorrow

From: Marco Langbroek via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2018 12:47:07 +0100
After the delay from Nov 19th, SSO-A with Orbital Reflector is to be launched
from Vandenberg SLC-4 tomorrow 28 Nov at 18:31:47 UT.

This is a *very* approximate elset estimate based on orbit aimed for and launch
time:

ORBITAL REFLECTOR
1 70000U 18999A   18332.77207176  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    00
2 70000 097.6000 041.3000 0001438 157.1159 325.9970 14.97378736    04


Orbital Reflector will be released from the Lower Free Flyer after 1.5
revolutions, more exactly some 2h18m into the mission, i.e. around 20:50 UT,
over Antarctica going towards southern Africa.

I do not know when the balloon will be inflated, but when it is, the orbit of
Orbital Reflector will start to change quickly. In the JSpOC elements, it should
be easily identifiable from the other 60 payloads after a while, after the
balloon inflates.

The Falcon 9 upper stage will reenter after 1 revolution, near Hawaii.

- Marco



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