Hi, The majority of us (and I include myself) are casual observers and are interested mainly in the potentially visible satellites, such as those found in the molczan file. As mentioned earlier, the OIG visual.tle file is certainly not all inclusive. I don't believe that most TLE resources are in immediate jeopardy unless the Clark/Ransom resource dries up. And then there are work arounds that as a group effort if that resource dries up. Others are interested in access to the full public database at OIG to help narrow down observed unid's. That resource-well certainly has the potential to disappear on a short notice if the only one resource remains to obtain the +8000 satellite elements. For myself, I am trying to learn how to better utilize the Clark/Ransom resource and selectively extract the information I want. Common names are helpful in certain circumstances when talking about primary payloads and much less helpful when talking about boosters and debris. It would seem the satellite situation reports will remain to cross reference satellite catalog numbers and international IDs with a possible common name. I suspect life for the visual satellite observer after June 30 will not be as easy (and the resources taken for granted) as it is now. Jeff Hunt <email@example.com> http://www.satellite.eu.org/tletools.html --- On Fri, 12 Jun 1998 10:50:40 -0400 Eric Vondra <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in part: >I hope what you are all talking about is a method of >producing a molczan-size file with common names that will >also be useful to casual observers like myself.