Decay watch: February 1

Alan Pickup (alan@wingar.demon.co.uk)
Mon, 1 Feb 1999 19:42:30 +0000

SpaceCom has issued the first decay notice for

Object                            Notice issued    Predicted decay
                                       UTC              UTC

#23529 = Intelsat 705 Centaur r   Feb  1 10:48     Feb  6 05:03 +-3d

The latest elset is:

Intelsat 705 Centaur r                           1481 x 124 km
1 23529U 95013B   99032.53623334  .11172894 -79632-5  72021-3 0   308
2 23529  26.5745 209.4097 0944815 241.6399 108.5989 14.26794733 61450

My own calculations indicate its decay at February 6.3 +-1.2 day.

This enters eclipse at an altitude of ~180km at 19h local time near 20
deg S latitude while southbound. Eclipse exit occurs at an altitude of
~800 km before 04h local time at 6 deg S while northbound.

Alan
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