Latest Japanese objects plus upcoming tether

From: Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Date: Tue Feb 05 2002 - 05:11:40 EST

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    Isn't there a problem with the elements below for DASH -- 
    incongruously low drag?  Where's the H2A upper stage?  
    
    MDS-1                                            35738 x 481 km
    1 27367U 02003A   02035.79906059  .00021684  00000-0  12122+0 0    39
    2 27367  28.5482 210.2321 7198948 179.3800 182.7394  2.26586832    18
    DASH                                             35695 x 484 km
    1 27368U 02003B   02035.79827085  .00000023  00000-0  00000-0 0    16
    2 27368  28.5466 210.2520 7195356 179.3790 182.7736  2.26862348    08
    VEP-3                                            35756 x 482 km
    1 27369U 02003C   02035.79951577  .00054526  00000-0  30840+0 0    23
    2 27369  28.5414 210.2260 7199570 179.3938 182.7967  2.26454038    19
    
    I think that if they last long enough, these things could 
    do some great passes over south Texas.
    
    There's a tether coming later this year!  Here's a quote: 
    "In orbit, ProSEDS will deploy from a Delta-II second 
    stage a 3.1-mile-long (5 kilometers), ultra-thin bare-wire 
    tether connected with a 6.2-mile-long (10 kilometers) 
    non-conducting tether."  I don't see what its orbital 
    height will be.  It apparently will be launched with a 
    GPS, so maybe the inclination will be in the 40s (?).  
    Source, SpaceFlight Now:
    
    http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n0202/05proseds/
    
    Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
    
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