Re: 96-29 trio deployment

Tristan Cools (
Mon, 3 Jun 1996 14:08:36 +0200 (MET DST)

>Observation at 2420 Willowbrae at 00:48 U.T. on June 1 of 96-29A
>showed a second object trailing it by 4.6 seconds. Magnitude at
>good phase estimated at +6.5. This is believed to be the first
>of the deployment of a trio of NOSS satellites, and I am calling it
>96-29C. A second object can be expected shortly, with a gap until
>the third object is deployed, due to need to give a different
>arg of perigee value. It will be interesting to then try to
>determine what happens to the "A" object.
>best wishes  Russell

I'm puzzled with one question concerning deployment of the NOSS triad.  Why
does it take so long for that deployment since it manoeuvred into its (more
or less)desired orbit ?  Is it because the A-object had to finetune its
orbit before the deployment of NOSS subsatellites ?

Does anyone has any idea ?(Bjorn, Rainer, Ted, ...)

Tristan Cools
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