Re: Oscar 10

Don Horton (dhorton@vgernet.net)
Mon, 10 Feb 1997 17:54:52 -0500

At 11:25 AM 2/10/97 -0700, Ron Lee wrote:

>If someone can provide decent elements, I will try to look
>for it visually.   I do not understand why it cannot be 
>tracked by NORAD.  

        I can't vouch 100% for the following elements.  I can't recall my
source (didn't really take note of it because I hadn't spotted the staleness
of NORAD's keps until mid-January), but this is the latest set I've seen:

OSCAR 10
1 14129U 83058B   96364.19363397 -.00000305  00000-0  10000-3 0  4639
2 14129  25.8792 172.1019 6052907  78.0182 340.2360  2.05882273 73889

        Because STSPLUS doesn't deal real well with Molniya orbits, I get
some strange results with it.  If someone here can come up with usable
elements, the ham radio community will be very grateful.

        As to why NORAD cannot track it, the following is from memory of
what I read on the AMSAT site yesterday, so it may not be entirely clear.
Apparently OSCAR 10's current orbit is not conducive for the particular
radar installation that is uded to track it.  AMSAT has requested that the
radar be changed, but NORAD (with no reason given) has refused to do so.

        Again, if elements which wil provide for accurate tracking can be
developed, I will forward them (with credit as due) to a small list of hams
I send such things to, and forward them to one or more contacts at AMSAT
(again, with proper attribution) for their use, provided permission is
granted me to do so.

        Thanks, Ron, and anyone else who might attempt this project.  

        73 (Best Regards) de (from) N1ISB (Don Horton)

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