Re: UNAMSat 2

Alan Pickup (alan@wingar.demon.co.uk)
Tue, 21 Jan 1997 20:54:39 +0000

In message <199701211937.WAA24327@accessnet.ru>, VideoCosmos
<cosmos@space.accessnet.ru> writes
>Does anybody know the current status of UNAMSat 2 (1996-052B,
>USSSPACECOM #24305) launched Sep.05 1996. There are
>some strange reports of its decay while I cannot imagine satellite
>decay from a 1000 km circular orbit. Maybe it failed, not decayed?

Strange indeed. It is still there (and for many years to come).

Latest elements:
UNAMSat          1.0  0.0  0.0  8.3 d            1010 x 967 km
1 24305U 96052B   97021.24313545  .00000203  00000-0  20364-3 0   659
2 24305  82.9209 103.1597 0029234 259.5102 100.2705 13.73089419 18892

Alan
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