Re: Do TLE's get old?

From: Tony Beresford (
Date: Mon Apr 10 2000 - 19:57:22 PDT

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    At 09:21 11/04/00 , Richard Haskins wrote:
    >Once I have the TLE's for my favorite satellites, do I have to continue the 
    >hunt for fresh TLE's or are they good for a while?
    If the drag is low, probably for a week or two the TLE will be reasonable.
    If the mean motion is equal to or greater than 16 revs/day ,
    get new elements daily. The main TLE collections are updated more than once
    a week. The unofficial elsets are of course updated less frequently
    because the supply of observations can be more irregular.
    US SPACECOM updates elements of objects like MIR more than once
    a day. Unless there has been orbital adjustment it isnt necessary to
    refresh at this rate!!
    Tony Beresford
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