RE: NY Times on China Launch

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Fri Oct 10 2003 - 18:02:34 EDT

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    Dale Ireland wrote:
    > Does anyone know what the orbital inclination will be? i.e.: 
    > what the northernmost latitude will be from which it will be 
    > visible? Dale
    Orbital inclination will be 42.4 deg, and visibility will extend several degrees
    north of that in latitude.
    My latest search elements are here:
    Based on your site coordinates in my file, it looks like you will have a
    pre-dawn 20 deg pass of the spacecraft.
    Predictions using my elements should be accurate to about 1 minute in time,
    assuming launch on 2003 Oct 15 at 01:00 UTC, and same orbits as Shenzhou 3 and
    4. Of course, it never hurts to start looking a few minutes early.
    Ted Molczan
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