Latest Titan 4 elements from Rainer Kracht

Ted Molczan (molczan@fox.nstn.ca)
Fri, 5 Jul 1996 15:07:06 -0400

These are the first elsets derived through differential corrections,
courtesy of Rainer Kracht. He used observations from several
European and North American locations, obtained over the past
day or two.

96038A          10.0  3.0  0.0  5.0
1 23942U 96038  A 96187.00000000  .00814585  00000-0  25882-2 0    08
2 23942  55.0019 177.9246 0012774 329.5544 227.6807 15.90357466    09
96038A r         9.8  3.0  0.0  5.0
1 23943U 96038  B 96187.00000000  .00154486  00000-0  43665-3 0    06
2 23943  54.9873 177.9321 0011247 302.7863 266.2677 15.92647582    08

Please continue to observe the objects, especially the payload, which
may manoeuvre to a higher orbit at any time. It could raise its
parking orbit by 100 to 200 km, and then stay there for weeks, or
months, before going to a Molniya or other high orbit. Or it could
go directly to Molniya. There are precedents for both scenarios.

In addition to positional obs, we need precise flash timings of
the payload (the trailing object). Last night it appeared to be
steady, but earlier in the day it had been flashing rapidly. It is 
possible that the later observers were facing the object's spin axis, 
which would tend to weaken the flashes, or even make them disappear.

Also, please note the object's colour.

Happy observing!