Updated elements

From: Ted Molczan (seesat@rogers.com)
Date: Wed Aug 31 2005 - 12:13:41 EDT

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    Beautiful residuals on these orbits, thanks to the skill of the observers.
    Amazingly, Peter Wakelin's 14 points of last night showed no ill-effects from
    the strong wind gusts he reported.
    
    USA 129's perigee is about to precess out of eclipse, so we can expect drag to
    increase over the next couple of weeks.
    
    Thanks to Greg Roberts' follow-up observation, we have an excellent orbit of
    XSS-11's rocket. I suspect XSS remains in the vicinity, but is likely even
    fainter than its rocket, so it will be difficult to find. 
    
    USA 129         15.0  3.0  0.0  5.3 v
    1 24680U 96072A   05242.88820728  .00007179  00000-0  96771-4 0    01
    2 24680  97.9621 305.2772 0521943 278.6264  75.6170 14.74012529    02
    Arc 2005 Aug 24.86 - 30.90, WRMS residuals = 0.020 deg
    
    XSS-11 r         1.3  1.1  0.0  7.6 v
    1 28637U 05011B   05242.65101998  .00000007  00000-0  39391-5 0    05
    2 28637  98.8330 234.3139 0016670 106.2114 254.0892 14.11042821    03
    Arc 2005 Jun 21.73 - Aug 30.72, WRMS residuals = 0.013 deg
    
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    http://www.satobs.org/element.html
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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