TLE Availability Update #1

From: Tom Wagner (sciteach@mchsi.com)
Date: Wed Aug 11 2004 - 00:08:53 EDT

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    About the change over in who handles TLE data I have received the following
    from a mailing list.
    
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    From: "Dr. T.S. Kelso" <TS.Kelso@celestrak.com>
    Sent: Monday, August 09, 2004 11:17 AM
    
    While we still have not received any response yet from Air Force Space
    Command, we have gotten an initial response from HQ NASA stating briefly
    that the NASA/GSFC OIG web site will continue to operate for a two-month
    transition period, even if that means they operate beyond October 1. They
    did not define when the transition period starts, but I expect to get more
    specific information from HQ NASA soon. This pledge from NASA is indeed
    encouraging as it should help to ensure a smoother transition.  Dr. T.S.
    Kelso
    
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    After reading the above information and after contemplating the precisely
    worded comments by Ted Molczan and a few others, I have decided that is
    better just to relax. Everything will probably be fine. Maybe there will
    some bumps to iron out but I myself strongly suspect that TLE data will be
    available in the near future, at least for most of the satellites. I trust
    that the few supremely qualified members of this unique list will keep all
    of us informed with "inside information" and will work hard to enlighten
    anyone that needs it as to the needlessness of hiding all TLE data. A
    knee-jerk reaction such as that, has been, in my experience, never been
    permanent.
    
    Now maybe we can get back to watching iridium flares, and ISS transits, and
    flashing geosyncs and all the other fun things that we do together.
    
    Have a good night! I'm hoping for clear skies for the next two mornings. The
    Perseids are a'com'n! Maybe I'll see a NOSS or two as well.
    
    Tom  Iowa  USA
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