Re: Taurus Rk

Robert Smathers (
Wed, 11 Feb 1998 21:55:20 -0700 (MST)

Tyler MacKenzie put fingers on a keyboard to type in:
> Can anyone tell me where to find elsets for the new Taurus rocket launched
> from Vandenburg this morning; I would like to drag someone out in a couple

the elsets can be found after the item number is specifically known.

My interest has been observing the primary payloads of launches - I
haven't gotten into observing rocket bodies or understanding the
terminology involved with them.

After doing a little research, I've come up with the following where
one of these two should be the item we want:

98-007D (norad 25160)
98-007E (norad 25161)

(98-007 A,B, and C are the GFO and Orbcomm payloads)

my inexperience plays into this as I don't know which one of the
two items above is the right part that has the Celestis payload attached
to it.  I think the news items said upper stage, but I don't which one of
D or E represents the upper stage of the Taurus rocket.

once that question is answered, then tracking the rocket part with
the remains will be easy.

de fcc sgn, Robert Smathers  (   Albuquerque, NM USA
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