RE: TIPS

Ted Molczan (molczan@fox.nstn.ca)
Tue, 13 Aug 1996 12:39:33 -0400

Bruno Tilgner wrote:

>Would somebody be kind enough and let me know the official designation of
>the 'TIPS' satellite. 

TiPS was launched with 4 classified objects, and so far,
NORAD has not issued elements for it. My best guess is that
the following catalogue entries are for the TiPS end-masses:

1996 029E   USA 123   23936
1996 029F   USA 124   23937

>Recent orbital elements, or a pointer to them, would be even better.

Below are the most recent ones I am aware of. The identifiers are
non-NORAD. The object experiences very little drag, so the elements
should be accurate to about 5 seconds in time; however, you may want to 
allow a little more than just to be safe. The object will be entering 
morning visibility at the mid-northern latitudes over the next few days.

TiPS             3.5  0.0  0.0  5.7
1 96290U 96029  ? 96203.14225450  .00000250  00000-0  31455-3 0    06
2 96290  63.4290  89.9941 0003001 264.4275  95.5725 13.63763114    04

Ted Molczan