Re: USSTRATCOM ceases publication of Sar Lupe satellite elements

From: Gerhard HOLTKAMP (grd.holtkamp@t-online.de)
Date: Mon Feb 07 2011 - 18:21:01 UTC

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    On Monday 07 February 2011 18:55, Ted Molczan wrote:
    > It has been brought to my attention that publication of TLEs of Germany's
    > Sar Lupe satellites ceased after 2011 Jan 31.
    >
    > 2006-060A  29658  Sar Lupe 1
    > 2007-030A  31797  Sar Lupe 2
    > 2007-053A  32283  Sar Lupe 3
    > 2008-014A  32750  Sar Lupe 4
    > 2008-036A  33244  Sar Lupe 5
    >
    
    That's bad news. Europe is setting up its own space surveillance network at 
    the moment. Both Germany and France are major stakeholders and both have now 
    requested USSTRATCOM to keep their military satellites classified. Should the 
    new European space surveillance network ever decide to publish orbit elements 
    for everyone on the Internet (I don't think there has been a decision about 
    it yet) we can assume that there will be no classified sats present in their 
    list as well.
    
    Satellite operators need to know where all the objects are in order to avoid 
    collisions. I can't see any major military advantage of keeping orbits 
    classified (also those of dead sats and debris which cannot be controlled 
    anymore!). 
    
    Well I guess it's five more sats for us to literally keep an eye out!
    
    Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    Darmstadt, Germany
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