USA 129 post-manoeuvre elements

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@rogers.com)
Date: Fri Aug 27 2004 - 20:38:32 EDT

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    Tonight, Russell Eberst, Bjorn Gimle and Peter Wakelin detected the manoeuvre
    that had been expected to occur near this date. They reported the object running
    more than 2.5 min late.
    
    Using their observations, I have narrowed the time of the manoeuvre to one of
    two perigee passages on 2004 Aug 26 UTC: 15:21:17 UTC or 16:58:58 UTC, resulting
    in these preliminary orbits:
    
    1 70000U          04240.85819061  .00014500  00000-0  19570-3 0    03
    2 70000  98.0110 301.1922 0531000  24.6838 337.8809 14.71855468    03
    
    1 70000U          04240.85818665  .00014500  00000-0  19570-3 0    02
    2 70000  98.0110 301.1946 0530000  24.6838 337.8764 14.71992008    00
    
    They differ in their predicted times of passage by about 8 s per day since
    epoch.
    
    In about one hour, I have a poor pass in a bad sky, so I am unlikely to be able
    to contribute any obs tonight.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
    
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