Re: Mysterious TLE

From: Phillip Clark (
Date: Thu Feb 01 2001 - 09:07:18 PST

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    On Thu, 1 Feb 2001, Edward S Light wrote:
    > Does anyone know if the following elements ...
    > 56001AAA
    > 1 26633U 56001AAA 00325.14707366 -.00001358 +00000-0 +00000-0 0 00018
    > 2 26633 066.5960 265.1798 7076433 156.7926 265.2463 02.00853583000370
    > which keep infesting many sets of TLEs belong to a real object?  Is
    > it worth the effort to try to observe it?  Or if it doesn't represent
    > an actual object, why are these elements still inflicted upon us?
    I have asked about this via a someone who has worked with the USSPACECOM
    people, and _some_ of the 1956-001 designation data relate to fictitious
    objects and are generated purely for training.   Whether this relates to
    all of the data isn't clear.
    Certainly AAA isn't the only piece designator which has been used with the
    "core" 1956-001 - I have seen AAB and, I am sure, AAC.
    However, I have a feeling this this is not the complete story, so maybe
    Mulder and Scully could take up the cause ....... ?
    Phillip Clark
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