NOSS 3-2 elements

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@rogers.com)
Date: Fri Dec 19 2003 - 11:41:31 EST

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    My observation of 03054C on Dec 19 at 01:13 UTC was about 0.5 s early relative
    other recent ones. I suspect I botched it due to the distraction of a commercial
    airliner nearly occulting satellite and reference stars just seconds before the
    observation. Therefore, I will not extend the arc to include that observation
    until the availability of subsequent observations.
    
    The early arrival of 03054B on Dec 17, appears to me to be more likely the
    result of a single impulse, than of high drag. I am able to fit a drag term with
    low residuals over the Dec 07-19 arc, but the result seems unrealistically high.
    I will reconsider the possibility as the arc grows.
    
    Observation arc 2003 Dec 16.81 - 19.05 UTC:
    
    NOSS 3-2 (A)     0.0  0.0  0.0  4.9 v
    1 28095U 03054A   03353.02891898  .00000058  00000-0  10000-3 0    05
    2 28095  63.4238 261.4698 0128088 179.8228 180.2864 13.40615512    09
    
    WRMS residuals = 0.019 deg
    
    Observation arc 2003 Dec 17.70 - 19.05 UTC:
    
    NOSS 3-2 r      10.1  3.0  0.0  3.7 v
    1 28096U 03054B   03353.02489686  .00000058  00000-0  10000-3 0    04
    2 28096  63.6785 261.2971 0140128 182.9502 177.0713 13.40531765    04
    
    WRMS residuals = 0.019 deg
    
    Observation arc 2003 Dec 16.81 - 19.05 UTC:
    
    NOSS 3-2 (C)     0.0  0.0  0.0  4.9 v
    1 28097U 03054C   03352.73125007  .00000058  00000-0  10000-3 0    06
    2 28097  63.4236 262.2680 0128180 180.3387 179.7571 13.40597845    01
    
    WRMS residuals = 0.047 deg
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
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