RE: TLE guess for NOSS 3-4 (A)

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Sat Jun 16 2007 - 12:05:23 EDT

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    Mike McCants' posted:
    > NOSS 3-4 (A)
    > 1 31701U 07027A   07167.06697797 0.00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    06
    > 2 31701  63.4420  44.9170 0300000 182.7408 177.2592 13.66600000    01
    Somehow, I managed to complete overlook Ed's report. Good work Ed! Based on the
    weather forecast, I had not expected obs from your area.
    Combining Ed's data with that of the photos from Tehran of the Centaur venting,
    on, may help further constrain the analysis. At least one of
    the photos shows an apparent sat trail, which if it can be identified, would
    help narrow the time. The positions in photos #1 and #2 are in very close
    agreement with my elset 70002. I have yet to check the others in detail, but
    they seem close too. Mike's above orbit places the payloads near the Centaur in
    the photos, as expected, so his solution would appear to be in the ballpark.
    I wish I could spend the afternoon on further analysis, but I have a prior
    Tonight will be my final opportunity to observe the NOSS 3-4 orbit for about 3
    weeks. The pass is in fairly deep twilight, but if the weather looks to
    cooperate (even a little), I will return in time to have a look.
    Ted Molczan
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