Statistics on prediction accuracies

From: Frank@reednavigation.com
Date: Fri Apr 08 2011 - 00:09:59 UTC

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    Hello all.
    
    I haven't posted to SeeSat-L in some years. I'm looking for any information on the accuracy of predictions for bright satellites (brighter than magnitude 3.0). What are normal expectations, both in terms of timing and angular position using standard, widely-available sources (e.g. heavens-above.com)? Also is there any dataset that identifies non-maneuvering satellites? If I go through TLEs for the past couple of years, is there some easy way to identify "live" satellites? Climbing to a higher altitude seems like a safe bet.
    
    Frank Reed
    Chicago, Illinois 
    
    
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