RE: NROL-23 launched

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@rogers.com)
Date: Thu Feb 03 2005 - 04:06:04 EST

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    Dan Deak wrote:
    
    > The Atlas IIIB with a pair of NOSS satellites was launched as 
    > scheduled at 7:41 UTC.
    > 
    > I observed from my place but saw nothing of a rocket plume. 
    > The Centaur was still firing but the sky was not very transparent.
    > 
    > I will watch for the satellites on the next pass as long as 
    > the sky doesn't get too cloudy.
    
    Spaceflight Now has just reported spacecraft separation. As reported earlier, I
    expect the two NOSS to be in approximately this orbit, and the Centaur upper
    stage to be nearby, in a slightly different orbit that remains to be determined
    from observations:
    
    1 70999U          05034.37193286  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    08
    2 70999  63.4167 155.0000 0132437 179.7272  98.8000 13.39694040    03
    
    Hopefully, Dan and many others will have a view of the propellant dump when the
    spacecraft enter sunlight at 09:39 UTC, within range of much of the N. east of
    North America. Heavens-Above has the above elements.
    
    Weather here is overcast. Not very hopeful for the propellant dump pass, but a
    little more so for the second and final pass a bit before dawn.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
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