RE: XSS-11 Inclination / Rendezvous Target known?

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@rogers.com)
Date: Mon Apr 11 2005 - 14:26:10 EDT

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    Russell Eberst wrote:
    
    > Ted Molczan replied:
    > 
    > >I expect sun-synchronous; approx 97-98 deg.
    > 
    > Spaceflight Now confirms this with quote:
    > 
    > 
    > In selecting the targets, the objects must be American and 
    > within roughly the same orbit.
    > 
    > "All of the objects are U.S.-owned, dead or inactive space 
    > objects. We have several rocket bodies that have been
    > expended for other space vehicles and two or three satellites
    > that are no longer operating....I believe one of them is a
    > dead NOAA satellite," Baker explained.
    > 
    > NOAA have inclinations in 98-99.2 degrees region.
    
    Here is a very rough planar-search elset:
    
    1 70000U          05101.67584499  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    09
    2 70000  99.0000  94.0000 0001000   0.0000 320.0000 14.00000000    01
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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