OrbComm Suts Down Operation + Various Decayers

From: Mir16609@aol.com
Date: Thu Jun 29 2000 - 08:37:05 PDT

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    It would appear that OrbComm is going the way of Iridium:
    http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/business/orbital_000628.html
    
    Comments on decayers
    Fron Alan Pickup's list at:
    http://www.wingar.demon.co.uk/satevo/current.htm
    
    17206   86- 19 BJ  SPOT 1 r deb              June 25.5
    It's not often that I lament the decay of a rocket fragment.  This little 
    bugger had a habit of appearing in my FOV during the summers of 1997 and 
    1998.  It was a fairly bright flasher and was always interesting to observe.  
     
    
    23549   95- 18 A   Ofeq 3                 October
    At a 143.4 deg inclination, this Israeli surveillance satellite moves across 
    the sky in the opposite direction as almost all equatorially launched 
    objects.   It's a binocular object generally in the 5.5-6.5 Mag range.
    
    Cheers
    Don Gardner  39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m ASL
    Homepage: http://hometown.aol.com/mir16609/
      
    
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