NOSS, LiPS objects, SLDCOM

From: Allen Thomson (thomsona@flash.net)
Date: Thu Feb 01 2001 - 14:51:14 PST

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    NOSS triplet watchers and fans of the somewhat mysterious NOSS-2 A objects
    (probably SLDCOM satellites, see
    http://www.fas.org/spp/military/program/com/sldcom.htm ) may be interested
    in the weirdly named "Satellite Living Plume Shield" (LiPS) riders on a
    couple of NOSS-1 launches (1983-008 and 1987-043):
    
    http://code8200.nrl.navy.mil/lips.html
    http://ncst-www.nrl.navy.mil/NCSTOrigin/NCSTOrigin.html
    http://vast.uah.edu/publications/mag.html
    http://ncst-www.nrl.navy.mil/NCSTOrigin/TacTerm.GIF
    
    It looks to me as if LiPS may have been ancestral to SLDCOM, also as if they
    may
    still be active.
    
    
    A quick check of the archives finds TLEs that may be the LiPSes:
    
    1 13792U 83008  B 97326.03456324  .00000017  00000-0  20382-4 0    05
    2 13792  63.3900  14.7530 0385270  20.3216 341.1710 13.39472591    05
    
    for the first and
    
    1 17998U 87043  B 97326.58648968  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    00
    2 17998  63.4070 140.3530 0260639  17.0153 343.8426 13.39312823    00
    
    or possibly (there's a slight divergence of opinion on this)
    
    1 18007U 87043  C 97326.56169407  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    06
    2 18007  63.4430 134.8140 0278357   5.2479 355.0379 13.40254702    08
    
    for the second.
    
    Might be worth looking for them;  seen face-on (they're flatish rings), they
    should be fairly large.
    
    
    
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