Decayed Iridium debris

ROB MATSON (ROBERT.D.MATSON@cpmx.saic.com)
3 Jun 1998 18:14:44 -0800

Hi all,

Don Gardner wrote that Aliendish was having problems with IRIDFLAR
when attempting to process the following elements:

IRIDIUM DEB    D   0    0    0 1998              308 x 276
1 25299U 98019H   98114.06962019 -.99999999 +10673-3 +51357-0 0 00412
2 25299 086.5691 329.2474 0023963 174.2416 185.9647 15.93768733003705
IRIDIUM DEB    D   0    0    0 1998              368 x 347
1 25298U 98019G   98120.04408144  .21620331  00000-0  13670+0 0   308
2 25298  86.6343 326.6117 0015846 326.2527  33.6067 15.70426915  4598

These satellites are no longer in orbit and should be removed from your
TLE file(s).  If propagated to today by the SGP4 algorithm, their orbits
will be completely inside the earth.  Still, IRIDFLAR should detect this
and issue a warning.  I'll see why it didn't and try to trap this condition
in the next release.  --Rob