Re: UNAMSat 2

Bjoern Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Wed, 22 Jan 1997 18:31:58 +0100 (MET)

Igor Lissov wrote:
>
>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?
>
Neither can I, and I haven't heard it either.
I've had 23852 1996-24B on my mind lately, which I believe
should have decayed 0900 UT, Wed. Any mixup there ?

It passed in shadow SB, around 3:30 am local time at 40 N,
2:30 am local time at 30 S.

Element set number = 4
1 23852U 96024B   97022.31619473  .19968264  20447-5  16774-3 0  4298
2 23852  96.5802 344.6260 0013864  37.4430 322.6499 16.51612999 42077
Element set number = 5
1 23852U 96024B   97022.13660880  .03350118  20403-5  12997-3 0  4242
2 23852  96.5585 344.4528 0017448  16.3792 358.7414 16.42077427 42044


There is not even a MM/ndot2 disturbance:
Element set number = 5
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
96052  B
1 24305U 96052  B 97016.21512722  .00000008  00000-0  84386-5 0   635
2 24305  82.9235 106.8769 0030321 274.0431  85.7252 13.73089578 18203
 

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