OrbView-2 to Maneuver

Jim Varney (jamesv@softcom.net)
Mon, 4 Aug 1997 23:04:28 -0700

OrbView-2 is a new LEO sat recently placed on orbit by a Pegasus XL on
August 1.  Lifted these elements out of the "recent" file from Mike McCants'
page:

OrbView-2
1 24883U 97037A   97216.15502321 +.00045821 +35211-5 +16011-3 0 00186
2 24883 098.2791 310.0593 0012701 256.4343 103.5512 15.89456436000369
OrbView-2 r
1 24884U 97037B   97215.84001920  .00067745  43997-5  23333-3 0    39
2 24884  98.2789 309.6684 0011286 268.0766  91.9161 15.89652801   316

An Orbital Sciences press release says "Later this week, ORBIMAGE will
initiate the second phase of the OrbView-2 satellite check-out, during which
the satellite moves to a higher-altitude orbit, approximately 700 kilometers
above the Earth, where it will operate for the duration of its mission."
Anyone have a more precise date and time when the maneuver is going to
occur?

There's also an MPEG movie of the launch you can download at
http://seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEAWIFS/ANNOUNCEMENTS/current_launch_status.htm
l

Here we go again: yet another satellite with more than one name.  Orbital
calls it OrbView-2 while NASA calls it SeaStar.

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Jim Varney                             Sacramento, CA