SatSit errors and Klaus' photo

Bjorn Gimle (bjorn.gimle@online.dextel.se)
26 Jul 1995 20:51:37 GMT

There are some long-period objects that are possible
candidates for the Gerhart Klaus/Alphonse Pouplier photo.
They include some VELA satellites, like VELA 6
(152422 x 70332 km) and VELA 4 (147837 x 58078 km),
for which NASA GSFC OIG have no elsets.
I have not checked these or other possibilities, since I 
have no 1971 elsets for them.
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The following objects in NASA SatSit Report (June -95, 
and several before) have errors in Apogee/Perigee heights. 
(Note: PROGNOZ 1, with an apogee of 1 km !)
If apogee<perigee, add 100000 km to apogee.
If the nodal period is over 2222 minutes, you may need to 
add more multiples of 100000 km to apogee and/or perigee, 
while still maintaining perigee<apogee, and the following:  
For periods      the sum apogee+perigee should be :
 2222- 5755 minutes,     100000-200000
 5755-10262              200000-300000
10262-15552              300000-400000
15552-21553              400000-500000
...
35289-42971              700000-800000

For the large periods, such as 1966-058A, this means many alternatives :
380762 x 365679 km, 480762 x 265679 km, 580762 x 165679 km, 680762 x 65679
km.    

                                 PERIOD           APOGEE   PERIGEE
1966-058A        2258   US      38792.4    24.1    80762     65679      N/A
EXPLORER 33 (AIMP-D)                   Launched (07/01/66)
1994-071A       23333   US      19700.4    28.8    70309       187    0.3125
WIND                                   Launched (11/01/94)
1994-071C       23350   US      19700.4    28.8    70309       187      N/A
DELTA 2 R/B(2)                         Launched (11/01/94)
1992-044A       22049   JPN     18904.4    18.0    99941     57448  999.9900
GEOTAIL                                Launched (07/24/92)
1973-078A        6893   US      17375.8    40.6    54023     77667      N/A
EXPLORER 50 (IMP-8)                    Launched (10/26/73)
1994-004A       22973   US      16159.1    63.8     9892       802    1.8875
CLEMENTINE 1 (DSPSE)                   Launched (01/25/94)
1992-044C       22051   US      13367.2    28.7    60210       184    2.8000
DELTA 2 R/B(2)                         Launched (07/24/92)
1967-040B        2766   US       6708.8    37.2    23848     99055      N/A
VELA 8 (OPS 6679)                      Launched (04/28/67)
1970-027B        4368   US       6707.9    57.4    19313      3570      N/A
VELA 11 (OPS 7033)                     Launched (04/08/70)
1965-058A        1458   US       6702.5    31.8    38705     84051      N/A
VELA 5 (OPS 6577)                      Launched (07/20/65)
1965-058B        1459   US       6702.4    30.2    52422     70332      N/A
VELA 6 (OPS 6564)                      Launched (07/20/65)
1969-046D        3954   US       6700.9    61.6    45638     77082      N/A
VELA 9 (OPS 6909)                      Launched (05/23/69)
1969-046E        3955   US       6700.7    61.1    50633     72080      N/A
VELA 10 (OPS 6911)                     Launched (05/23/69)
1970-027A        4366   US       6691.0    61.2    21227      1261      N/A
VELA 12 (OPS 7044)                     Launched (04/08/70)
1967-040A        2765   US       6689.7    37.4    19465      2991      N/A
VELA 7 (OPS 6638)                      Launched (04/28/67)
1963-039C         692   US       6518.4    36.7    19068     99355      N/A
VELA 1                                 Launched (10/17/63)
1963-039A         674   US       6481.8    37.4    25961     91598      N/A
VELA 2                                 Launched (10/17/63)
1964-040A         836   US       6019.9    38.0     5551       930      N/A
VELA 3 (OPS 3662)                      Launched (07/17/64)
1964-040B         837   US       5996.6    37.7    47837     58078      N/A
VELA 4 (OPS 3674)                      Launched (07/17/64)
1983-020A       13901   CIS      5924.4    28.4    89782     14376    7.6945
ASTRON                                 Launched (03/23/83)
1989-096A       20352   CIS      5898.7    86.5    44421     59108    0.3125
GRANAT                                 Launched (12/01/89)
1983-020D       20413   CIS      5828.6    30.1    86311     15501   26.7600
SL-12 R/B                              Launched (03/23/83)
1985-033D       15664   CIS      5785.0    65.0      320       421      N/A
SL-6 R/B(2)                            Launched (04/26/85)
1985-033A       15661   CIS      5783.9    76.8    94737      5976      N/A
PROGNOZ 10                             Launched (04/26/85)
1989-096C       20354   CIS      5777.9    86.2    44502     56063    0.1428
SL-12 R/B                              Launched (12/01/89)
1972-029A        5941   CIS      5774.0    64.9        1       468      N/A
PROGNOZ 1                              Launched (04/14/72)
1973-009A        6364   CIS      5768.6    65.0    99442       896      N/A
PROGNOZ 3                              Launched (02/15/73)
1976-112A        9557   CIS      5715.6    66.9    94893      4136      N/A
PROGNOZ 5                              Launched (11/25/76)
1980-103A       12116   CIS      5688.0    65.8    97369       979      N/A
PROGNOZ 8                              Launched (12/25/80)
1977-093A       10370   CIS      5683.2    74.4    96379      1850      N/A
PROGNOZ 6                              Launched (09/22/77)
1969-053B        3993   US       4765.0    84.0    73667      1176      N/A
DELTA 1 R/B                            Launched (06/21/69)
1974-097B        7568   US       4175.3    31.8    57261      1765      N/A
TITAN 3E CENTAUR R/B(1)                Launched (12/10/74)
1964-054A         879   US       3840.2    58.8     3827     45880      N/A
OGO 1                                  Launched (09/05/64)
1968-014A        3138   US       3745.8    54.1    20027     27008      N/A
OGO 5                                  Launched (03/04/68)
1969-046A        3950   US       3120.0    34.0    12017     16684      N/A
OV5-5 (ERS 29)                         Launched (05/23/69)
1969-046C        3952   US       3115.0    32.9    13065     15484      N/A
OV5-9                                  Launched (05/23/69)
1969-046B        3951   US       3114.9    33.0    13085     15461      N/A
OV5-6 (ERS 26)                         Launched (05/23/69)
1994-004C       22987   US       3071.5    67.1    27021       211   10.0000
STAR 37FM AKM                          Launched (01/25/94)
1966-049A        2195   US       2911.5    76.3     5797     16529      N/A
OGO 3                                  Launched (06/07/66)
1994-079B       23414   US       2878.6    30.8    20555       752    8.4813
ATLAS 2A R/B                           Launched (11/29/94)
1967-040C        2767   US       2832.0    35.7     9620     10236      N/A
ERS 18                                 Launched (04/28/67)
1967-040D        2768   US       2831.0    35.1     9619     10206      N/A
ERS 20 (OV5-3)                         Launched (04/28/67)
1967-040E        2769   US       2829.6    36.8    15543      4238      N/A
ERS 27 (OV5-1)                         Launched (04/28/67)
1984-088C       15201   UK       2659.4    26.9    13409      1002      N/A
UKS 1 (AMPTE)                          Launched (08/16/84)
1984-088B       15200   FRG      2653.1    27.0    13808       402    0.3125
IRM 1 (AMPTE)                          Launched (08/16/84)
1963-039B         675   US       2319.4    35.9     2374       953      N/A
ERS 12                                 Launched (10/17/63)

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