Rate SPACECOM generates elsets: evidence of

John W. Gardner, Jr. (gardjw@juno.com)
Fri, 21 Aug 1998 23:15:52 EDT

Please excuse the improper forum usage, but I would like an informed
response.  Its the first evidence I stumbled across on how fast
element sets are generated.


How many element sets can SPACECOM ( tracking system ) generate per
second?  The data below suggests at least 578 per second.  If its
classified...forget I asked.


The lower element set is only .001728 of a second newer than the upper
set.  The inclination differs by .0166 degrees.  The mean motion by a
pittance of .00004608.  Taken together, it implies the object was making
serious tracks across the heavens.  A look at the name reveals just how
close to the truth that is.

The sets were retrieved from distant separate sites.  Which could be
another revelation in itself.


MOLNIYA 1-77 PKM (D)
1 20586U 90039D   98218.02957138  .00000042  00000-0  10000-3 0  3225
2 20586  65.0091 168.8065 6957126 258.0501  22.4981  1.96438197 59395

MOLNIYA 1-77 PKM (D)
1 20586U 90039D   98218.02957140 +.00000815 +00000-0 +10000-3 0 03237
2 20586 065.0257 168.8034 6958959 258.0387 022.5029 01.96433589059396


John Gardner,Jr
gardjw@juno.com

76.98569 W  39.00195 N   62.484m  ASL

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