Frote/Pegasus Launch 8/29

Eric Rosenberg (erosenberg@orbcomm.net)
Thu, 28 Aug 97 11:29:15 est

The next Pegasus XL launch is scheduled for Friday, August 29, 1997 at 
1500 UTC. The satellite being launched is FORTE (Fast On-orbit 
Recording of Transient Events). 

The satellite was developed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory and 
Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico.  Detailed information on 
the satellite can be found at                                
     http://nis-www.lanl.gov/nis-projects/forte  
along with Pegasus information 
     at http://www.orbital.com

The Forte technical details: 

FORTE UHF beacon: 401.565 MHz
MODULATION: either 256 of 1024 bps bi-phase, max 3db BW: 16KHz 
EIRP: about 1 Watt into a 1/4 wave Monopole 

The pre-launch keplerians are based on a Pegasus drop time from the 
L-1011 of 15:00:00 UTC. Note that the epoch is actually 11:17 
post-drop...this is the separation time at the end of the third stage 
burn of the Pegasus. 

FORTE
1 00001U 99001A   97241.63283565  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    15 
2 00001  70.0020 272.5930 0001034 195.6230 331.1350 14.27534500    12

I will post the exact drop time soon after the launch.  All you have 
to do is that Delta to the epoch of the element set, and estimate 
roughly the AOS time and azimuth (this does not, of course, account 
for lower or higher than predicted sma's, off-zero gamma at injection, 
etc. etc., but should be enough for an initial contact).  Plug the 
above into your favorite tracker and you can see the path quite 
clearly.

The path of the first orbit goes over southwestern coast of South 
America, the eastern Coast of Africa, India and Pakistan, Alaska and 
Hawaii.  

Eric

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Eric Rosenberg  W3DQ (ex-WD3Q)
ORBCOMM Global LP
erosenberg@orbcomm.net