Reason for Bad Predictive GPS Elsets

Ron Lee (
Wed, 23 Jul 1997 12:20:22 -0600 (MDT)

I ran the rocket body elset in STSPLUS and noticed several things.

The orbit plane did not intersect the launch point and the launch
was to a ESE direction.   I had assumed a more northerly launch
direction. The inclination is slightly higher that the last
successful GPS launch.

I think I will stick to Iridium launches out of Vandenberg.  I can
get close on those!

Ron Lee