RE: Recon birds

Tristan Cools (tcools@nic.INbe.net)
Thu, 19 Jun 1997 10:23:32 +0200 (MET DST)

>
>On Tue, 17 Jun 1997 GalaxyJH@postoffice.worldnet.att.net wrote:
>> Thanks for the cat numbers for the recon sats. I will plug them in 
>> and check their orbits. Probably the most interesting items to look 
>> for are the altitudes and ground tracks. It's interesting to see just 
>> what these sats may be taking pictures of!
>
>I think you'll find that most of that list are weather sats with 
>un-classified elements.
>
>I don't find elements for 20516 and 24681
>
>Does anyone have those?
>
>Jay Respler



24681/96-72B has already decayed on Jan 28 1997.  It was the Titan second
stage from the USA129 launch.

The latest known elements for 20516 are:

USA 53          18.0  4.0  0.0  4.1
1 20516U 90019  B 90309.99079700 -.00002298  00000-0 -95528-3 0    03
2 20516  65.0200 194.0588 0009734 214.9671 144.9440 14.26241038    04

In November 1990 it was lost and never found again, so there are no current
elements available anymore.  I wonder if it is still in orbit.  
The whole story can be checked in Ted's orbital elements file.

There is also a most recent 'Spy' elements file at Mike McCants' web pages:

HTTP://www.fc.net/~mikem/

Greetings,

Tristan Cools
tcools@nic.INbe.net
BWGS member(Belgian Working Group Satellites)

Damse Vaart:    3.2478E/51.2277N 3.75m
Rijckevelde:    3.2856E/51.2045N 6.25m
Brugge     :    3.2166E/51.2104N 5m