RE: a general decrease in the numbers of TLEs since November?

From: Daniel Deak (
Date: Tue Jan 06 2009 - 22:55:33 UTC

  • Next message: Geoffrey E. Forden: "RE: a general decrease in the numbers of TLEs since November?"

    I just loaded the full satellite catalog file from Space-Track and it shows
    11669 objects, a number that I've never seen really drop. The youngest elset
    was 0.5 day old and the oldest was at 30.3. The description on Space-Track
    says : These files are generated twice a day, every day and consist of the
    most recent elset for every object in the specified group that has received
    an update within the past 30 days.
    So there is more objects up there, but I guess the great majority of them
    (those that have been catalogued) are in the elset file. High altitude
    objects look difficult to track...
    Daniel Deak
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    -----Message d'origine-----
    De : Geoffrey E Forden [mailto:forden@MIT.EDU] 
    Envoyé : 6 janvier 2009 14:36
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    Objet : a general decrease in the numbers of TLEs since November?
    An analyst I respect a lot has told me that the number of cataloged TLEs
    posted by space-track has decreased by 40% since November (since roughly
    when those six satellites, including the CLUSTER II satellites, were lost).
    I'm only able to check a few satellites at a time and was wondering if
    anyone had also noticed this? Thanks!
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