Unusual elsets on OIG

Ted Molczan (molczan@fox.nstn.ca)
Mon, 24 Jun 1996 16:57:43 -0400

I logged onto OIG to see if I could find elsets for the
two tethered objects launched with NOSS 2-3. So far, they
have not appeared, and I do not know whether or not they 
will be unclassified. However, look at what I did find:

1 23932U 56001AAA 96175.82396554 +.00005138 +00000-0 +32512-2 0 00039
2 23932 056.9911 049.2117 3565064 067.3826 326.2067 07.91088781002206
 
1 23934U 56001AAA 96174.60276688 +.00931265 -13789-6 +72673-3 0 00027
2 23934 028.2575 064.5081 3516264 077.0510 324.4184 08.60435242001655

The international designators caught my eye immediately, and the first
elset looked mighty familiar - in my message of 14 May 1996, I 
presented the following elset, which I derived from two obs of
an unknown object, by Russell Eberst, in Dec'90:

USA 40 r ?       2.0  0.0  0.0  6.9
1 20344U 89061  D 90345.70820463  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    01
2 20344  57.0000 244.7429 3574038 106.3696 353.6502  7.83135000    01

Precessing the 89061D elset to the epoch of the first 56001AAA
elset yields a RAAN of 56.2 deg, and an argument of perigee 
of 68.1 deg. This close agreement strongly suggests that the first
56001AAA object is one of the debris objects associated with the 
apparent break-up of 20344, which occurred some time ago.

I think it is possible that the second OIG 56001AAA object, NORAD
23934, is related to another classified launch. I have a rather
busy schedule for the next week. Anyone want to take a shot at 
identifying it?

bye for now