Re: Re.: 98-63C in....

Tristan Cools (
Sun, 20 Dec 1998 23:17:17 +0100 (CET)

At 15:24 20-12-98 +0100, you wrote:

This is the last TLE obtained from OIG:

ARIANE 42L R/B    Decayed: 1998/10/31
1 25517U 98063C   98302.60296399 -.00001112  00000-0  00000+0 0    22
2 25517   6.4999 189.0435 7298580 178.4646 185.8934  2.28473231    15

It doesn't seem to be in a decaying orbit.

>There are only two explanations for this discrepancy:
>1) USSPACECOM is in error (misidentification or lost of the object)

Most probably but does this mean they have given up searching for this
object ?  Has it been administratively decayed just like the Vela's and others ?

>2) Deorbiting of the third stage without every observational notice by US-
>   SPACECOM  (Whatever was the cause)

They never have done it, and I think it would cost some substantial amount
of fuel for deorbiting this rocket.

Tristan Cools
BWGS Member - Belgian Working Group Satellites

Observing at: Damse Vaart: 3.2486E/51.2279N/Rijckevelde:
3.2867E/51.2054N/Brugge: 3.1611E/51.2108N