Iridium 85 decayed

From: Harro.Zimmer (
Date: Sun Dec 31 2000 - 04:03:05 PST

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    Report time 11:30 UTC
    1998-066C (#25529) Iridium 85
    SPACECOM'S FINAL REPORT - prepared Dec 30, 20:53 UTC - shows the decay on
                     30 December, 20:45 UTC +/- 01 hours (60.3S, 192.2E)
    on a northbound pass over the South Pacific. This is identical with their
    preceding 2 HOURS BEFORE DECAY prediction.
    Surprisingly the decay slipped (unpredictable) over the day from rev to rev. My 
    final analysis with MPM + REENTRY and actual solar flux and geomagnetic data 
    shows the decay on
                     30 December, 20:20 UTC +/- 22 minutes (18.96S, 26.68E)
    on a descending pass over Africa (Botswana / Zimbabwe).
    Harro Zimmer
    Berlin, Germany
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