Re: Decay watch: Iridium 43 rocket

Alan Pickup (alan@wingar.demon.co.uk)
Sun, 26 Apr 1998 10:03:38 +0100

The final elsets for the Iridium 43 Delta 2 rocket are:
Iridm 43 Delta r 5.9  2.4  0.0  5.6 d            152 x 137 km
1 25044U 97069F   98115.62037795  .18715550 -14580-5  27548-3 0  2773
2 25044  83.5170 340.5567 0011482  86.4875 273.6197 16.48160644 26200
Iridm 43 Delta r 5.9  2.4  0.0  5.6 d            136 x 129 km
1 25044U 97069F   98115.68108126  .33345085 -12473-5  26632-3 0  2788
2 25044  83.4952 340.4765 0004921 106.1416 254.7244 16.52670621 26217

The first of these has it 12 seconds late on my final SatEvo prediction.

I estimate that it decayed shortly after 17:00 UTC (April 25.71) near a
southbound equator crossing at 51 deg E.

Alan
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