Re: iridium 84 mislaid?

From: Richard Fredrick (
Date: Sun Jan 14 2001 - 07:56:11 PST

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    Tony Beresford wrote:
    > Just checked OIG at 0728UT Jan 14 = 2001 014.3333
    > No new elements for Iridium 84 (25530 ) since
    > 2001 005.6 , nearly 8 days. Does anybody know whats
    > going on?. It looks like US SPACECOM has lost it,
    > or perhaps declared it a military object whose
    > wherabouts arent to be known to ordinary mortals
    > If the first is true, it doesnt say much for their techniques,
    > I have morning visiblity of the orbital plane,
    > but the weather has provided high cloud, and the Moon
    > light scattered of this cloud makes binocular observations
    > of mag 6 objects invisible.
    > Tony Beresford
    > -34.9638, 138.6333E
    > Adelaide So. Australia
    > -----------------------------------------------------------------
    Hi Tony,
    Interesting idea and one I hadn't considered yet. What if all of the
    Iridium satellite elements just slowly disappear? After all, the U.S.
    government now "owns" the system. I'm sure the radio telescope interests
    would be thrilled to lose the ability to predict when their largest
    source of interference would be flying over. And let's not underestimate
    the capacity of the incoming administration to come up with some great
    new policies about government resources...
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