USA 116 and 129 elements

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@home.com)
Date: Wed Aug 16 2000 - 19:30:15 PDT

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    I have updated the following elements, using observations by David Brierley,
    Russell Eberst, Paul Gabriel, Bjoern Gimle and Jim Nix from 08 to 15 Aug UTC:
    
    USA 116         15.0  3.0  0.0  5.1 v
    1 23728U 95066A   00228.00518519  .00021036  00000-0  46995-3 0    00
    2 23728  97.8840 338.0218 0447931   0.2101 359.9361 14.78875287    00
    
    USA 129         15.0  3.0  0.0  5.1 v
    1 24680U 96072A   00228.85859375  .00034743  00000-0  50130-3 0    02
    2 24680  97.8670 290.5705 0490500 146.5501 216.7706 14.79328254    01
    
    Mean residuals of both element sets are about 1 arc min.
    
    I discarded all of my 96072A points of 13 Aug (previously posted), due to an
    apparent systematic timing error.
    
    I am not quite confident of the 95066A elements. During the analysis, there was
    some indication that the inclination and eccentricity had decreased. This could
    have been due to an erroneous point, or perhaps a manoeuvre. The perigee had
    been close to the equator, which would have been ideal for a manoeuvre.
    Additional observations will settle the question, but for now, my solution
    assumes no manoeuvre.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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