Decay Report April 20

From: Harro Zimmer (Harro.Zimmer@t-online.de)
Date: Sat Apr 20 2002 - 11:15:00 EDT

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    2002-017C  (#27411) MOLNIYA rocket "Platform" aka BOZ
    SPACECOM'S FINAL REPORT  - prepared  April 18, 21:38 UTC -
    showed the decay on
    18 April, 19:56 UTC +/- 07 minutes (37.4N, 289.9E)
    on an ascending pass over the USA.
    MPM+REENTRY delivers with the ELSET 02108.7039778  (SFX 190,
    ap 027) the decay on
    18 April, 20:06 UTC +/- 22 minutes (55.15N, 305.72E)
    also ascending over the Atlantic near the Canadian coast.
    BTW: I have never seen -  at least during the last 2 years -
    such a chaotic set of issued elements. At first I suspected 
    SPACECOM had tracked two different objects butnow I think 
    they had only produced very bad ELSETs. I was using the only
    most reliable ELSET. It shows that SPACECOM'S co-ords have
    a very large cross-track error.
    
    1999-065H (#25987) Pegasus RB 1
    SPACECOM'S FINAL REPORT -prepared April 19, 11:27 UTC -
    showed the decay on
    19 April, 08:29 UTC +/- 01 hour (18.4S, 339.9E)
    on a descending pass over the Atlantic.
    MPM+REENTRY delivers with the ELSETs 02109.194...- 02109.267...
    (SFX 188, ap 033) the decay on
    19 April, 08:26 UTC +/- 11 minutes (09.72S, 331.11E)
    also descending over the South Atlantic.
    
    2001-045F (#26941) Proton upper stage Auxiliary Motor
    SPACECOM'S FINAL REPORT - prepared April 20, 08:22 UTC -
    shows the decay on 
    20 April, 01:43 UTC +/- 01 minutes (46.1N, 59.5E)
    descending over Kazakstan (Aral Sea)
    MPM+REENTRY delivers with the ELSETs 02109.657... - 02109.679...(SFX
    175, ap 067) the decay on
    20 April, 01:41 UTC +/- 11 minutes  (46.93N, 49.11E)
    also southbound over Western Kazakstan.
    BTW: The decay must occured within the range of some
    tracking stations between Kapustin Yar and Baikonur....
    
    Harro
    
    Harro.Zimmer@t-online.de
    Berlin, Germany
    
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