Re: gps satellite
Sun, 4 Jul 1999 00:24:05 EDT

In a message dated 7/3/99 10:28:43 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

> Kevin Fetter wrote:
>  > The orbital elements for the gps satellite's are again available from the
>  > oig web site. Thanks to whoever got the oig, to put them back on the 
>  Could this be because Kosovo has quieted down?
>  Seems to me there's a link there.  Elements were withdrawn shortly before
>  hostilities started.  They're returned after hostilities cease.
>  Anyone agree or disagree?

Perhaps the improved graphics on Jim Varney's "Unofficial GPS TLEs Page" 
forced their release.    :-)

I would tend to believe that there was no connection.  It was fairly absurd 
to withhold the elsets of a system that transmits its position.  

One would think that once STEX became "Non-operational" that the elsets would 
be released.  The "Non-operational" DMSPs were never affected by the March 
Massacre.   Is LACE still operational?   Has anyone ever missed an 
observation due to the unavailablity of these elsets from OIG?

Don Gardner  39.1796 N, 76.8419 W, 34m ASL