Re: Decay Alert Update

From: Robert G Fenske Jr (
Date: Tue Jul 31 2001 - 17:59:30 PDT

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    On Tue, 31 Jul 2001, Harro Zimmer wrote:
    > 2001-030C (#26869) Molniya 1-K "Debris" aka Platform aka BOZ
    > SPACECOM'S  6 HOURS BEFORE DECAY message - prepared July 31, 18:40 UTC - shows
    > the decay on        01 August, 00:40 UTC +/- 08 hours (17.6N, 255.4E)
    > on a northbound pass over Pacific near the Mexican Border.
    > MPM + REENTRY delivers with the ELSET'S 01211.8604... - 01212.47367616 the decay
    > on                  01 August, 00:41.5 UTC +/- 17 minutes (23.29N, 258.35E)
    > on the same pass over the border region Mexico / USA....
    > But heads up! It could be a fiery reentry over the USA....
    	Prediction with the latest elset had it passing nearly overhead for
    San Antonio at 00:41 UTC.  Didn't see anything however :(
    	What exactly does the predicted decay time signify?  Is it when the
    sat is expected to drop below some minimum height above the Earth?  Or when
    the sat is expected to fully break/burn up?  Or something else?
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