Re: Molczan elsets

Phillip Clark (
Thu, 24 Jul 1997 14:20:50 +0100 (BST)

On Thu, 24 Jul 1997, Jeff Hunt wrote:
> Although I've realized it for some time, I notice that the classified elsets 
> are no longer being updated.  I realize most of us take things for granted 
> and might complain about something that is given to us as a free service.
> Please understand I'm not complaining, but I am curious as to why Ted 
> Molczan is no longer updating the classified elements in the molczan files 
> that are made public on some tle sites. Did the long arm of the NRO reach 
> out and touch somebody ;-)

I am not sure whether there have been any "long arms" involved, but I 
noted that Ted Molczan stopped ypdating the files himself (wth a couple 
of exceptions) around February this year - when the supplementary notes 
to the files stopped being included.

I certainly hope that the el sets for "interesting" US start to re-appear
in updated forms for the purely selfish reason that I have been using them
(with credit to Mr Molczan for making the data available) for analysis in
the preparation of the (as yet unpublished) new edition of the Jane's Space 
Directory ! 

Phillip Clark

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