Re: iridium operational spares?

Robert G Fenske Jr (fenske@rgfpc.electro.swri.edu)
Wed, 4 Mar 1998 07:51:18 -0600 (CST)

On Tue, 3 Mar 1998 richard.keen@kingsmarket.com wrote:

> problems.  So, from Mike McCant's CS980226 file, here's a list of Iridium
> satellites with Mean Motions NOT 14.342:
>  Iridium Epoch   Mean Motion
>  Ir 24   98057   14.337
>  Ir 5    98056   14.370
>  Ir 18   98057   14.370
>  Ir 48   98057   14.371
>  Ir 38   98057   14.372
>  Ir 42   98057   14.375
	[rest of list deleted]

	Are the sats with MM around 14.37 the spares for each orbital
plane?  Since 5 of the 6 orbital planes are occupied with at least some
sats that could mean there are five spares now orbiting, which is
consistent with the number of sats in the above list.


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