Re: FY-1C debris

From: Ralph McConahy (
Date: Sat Feb 10 2007 - 01:51:22 EST

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    I notice that catalog #25730 (99-025A) is still in the SpaceTrack list as being on orbit. My question is: After the kill vehicle impact, which of the hundreds of pieces was designated to keep the "A" label, and how did someone decide? Did he pick the one in the middle of the early "cloud," the largest one, or one based on the least change in orbit from the pre-impact orbit, or what? 
    Perhaps "A" doesn't really exist anymore because all debris pieces have been assigned new catalog numbers/international designators.
      Ralph McConahy
      38.3306N, 75.6970W, -25m (WGS84)
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