re: DMSP Launched On time

Philip Chien (kc4yer@amsat.org)
Sun, 12 Dec 1999 13:57:25 -0500

Ron Lee <ronlee@pcisys.net> said:

>Launch at 17:38 UT.  The elset I provided last night might
>be off in RA perhaps a degree so allow some cross-track error.
>
>Heads up Madagascar and Scandinavian countries.  I would assume
>the titan "may" appear sooner than the satellite.

On a mission like this the Titan II upper stage is on a ballistic
trajectory so it doesn't actually achieve orbital velocity.  The
spacecraft's built-in upper stage performs the orbital insertion /
circularization maneuver.  So there should only be one visible (OBJ Seesat
comment) object in orbit from this mission.

However, so far they haven't been able to verify that the burn took place.

Check http://spaceflightnow.com for the only folks who are probably
following this flight with any detail.



Philip Chien, KC4YER
Earth News
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