Re: Decay watch: Iridium 19 Delta 2 rocket

Alan Pickup (alan@wingar.demon.co.uk)
Fri, 17 Apr 1998 20:18:58 +0100

I wrote...
>The final rev takes it northbound across the equator south of the Bay of
>Bengal at 21:48 UTC, northwards over Tibet and Siberia, then southwards
>across the NW Territories of Canada (~22:15), Saskatchewan (22:18),
>almost over Denver, Colorado, (22:22), W of Mexico City at 22:26, then
>across the W Pacific towards Antarctica.
            ^^^^^^^^^
Oops - make that Eastern Pacific :-(

Two more elsets (elset 282 was superseded)...
Iridm 19 Delta r 5.9  2.4  0.0  5.6 d            180 x 144 km
1 24970U 97056F   98107.60450001  .08799701  00000-0  29323-3 0  2817
2 24970  83.5797 263.5200 0027093 273.3699  86.5111 16.41378766 31837
Iridm 19 Delta r 5.9  2.4  0.0  5.6 d            175 x 142 km
1 24970U 97056F   98107.66543491  .09783405  00000-0  26140-3 0  2830
2 24970  83.5781 263.4563 0025862 269.4287  90.4660 16.42778977 31845
... are 0.1 and 0.2 second late on my prediction earlier this (UK)
evening. My decay prediction remains unchanged at April 17.94.

Alan
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