RE: NOSS 3-2 - there may yet be a third payload.

From: Mike McCants (
Date: Wed Dec 10 2003 - 12:30:40 EST

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    I believe that the change in mean motion from about 13.405350
    to about 13.405210 (a change of -0.000140) can be explained
    by a single event changing the velocity by about 7 meters per second
    about two days ago.
    I believe that such a change in mean motion is comparable to the
    changes that have been seen when some Cosmos rockets changed
    their tumble periods some years ago.
    So I would assume that this is simply a venting of left-over gases.
    Mike McCants
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