Next Metop Launch Attempt

From: Gerhard HOLTKAMP (
Date: Tue Jul 18 2006 - 15:54:03 EDT

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    Let's hope third time is the charm for another Metop launch attempt. But if 
    they do not get it off the launch pad on 19-JUL-06, 16:28:10 UTC, Metop would 
    need re-servicing (so I was told) which would mean a roll-back, de-mating 
    etc. which might take a few weeks! The actual decision whether to proceed 
    with the new launch attempt will probably be known by 9 UTC, 19-JUL-06.
    Here is a new set of TLEs valid from 17:37 UTC, 19-JUL-06.
    Metop Sep
    1 99999  06099A   06200.73395440 0.00000028  00000-0  26562-4 0     1
    2 99999  98.7336 259.5631 0024535 156.6986 131.5834 14.21428544     1
    Launch attempts are frustrating for everyone involved but of course a failed 
    satellite is much worse!
    Gerhard HOLTKAMP	
    Darmstadt, Germany
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