Re: Paleo-SeeSaters (or: Sputnik-1 elset req.)

JAY RESPLER (jrespler@InJersey.com)
Fri, 29 Aug 1997 23:31:00 -0400 (EDT)

On Fri, 29 Aug 1997, Ruben Velasco wrote:
> >Try these for Sputnik 1 rocket and Sputnik 2.
> >
> >Sputnik 1 rocket
> >1 00001E 57  1  A 57277.80437500  .00301870  00000-0  00000-0 0    10
> >2 00001  65.1000 340.3821 0520478  58.0000 306.9536 14.96977024    00
> 
> I've just tried it, but it doesn't fit with the list of passes I've
> got from contemporary publications:
> Sydney:         10:09 Oct. 8, 1957  Moscow Time.
> 
> Perhaps the orbit of the satellite itself was much different. :-??

Yes, the orbits could be different. Also, Oct 8 is 4 days after that 
elset. With that high drag, prediction could be off by some minutes.


>  PS- Is there any URL out there where we can find other "classic"
>      TLEs ?

TLEs were not used then. They have to be converted from other reporting 
methods.  I had supplied some of those early elements to Joel Runes who 
converted them to TLEs.  Does anyone know if his satellite catalog is 
available online anywhere?

I'll post some of those TLEs here when I can dig them up.

Jay Respler
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