NOSS 3-2 elements

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@rogers.com)
Date: Wed Mar 31 2004 - 11:23:24 EST

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    Observation arc 2004 Mar 24.87 - 30.84 UTC:
    
    NOSS 3-2 (A)     0.0  0.0  0.0  4.9 v
    1 28095U 03054A   04090.82010109  .00000016  00000-0  28392-4 0    08
    2 28095  63.4375 359.8238 0121074 179.6003 180.5140 13.40452886    03
    
    WRMS residuals = 0.015 deg
    
    Observation arc 2004 Mar 29.87 - 30.84 UTC:
    
    NOSS 3-2 (C)     0.0  0.0  0.0  4.9 v
    1 28097U 03054C   04090.82018230  .00000015  00000-0  25798-4 0    09
    2 28097  63.4384   0.0022 0121431 179.4868 180.6303 13.40451526    07
    
    WRMS residuals = 0.007 deg
    
    After their manoeuvres of 2004 Mar 24, 03054C had been in a slightly lower orbit
    than 03054A, apparently to allow it to reduce the distance by which it trailed
    03054A. It appears that 03054C raised its orbit to more nearly match that of
    03054A, sometime after my obs of 2004 Mar 29 at 03:06 UTC, which suggests that
    it had achieved the required spacing relative 03054A. 
    
    The 03054C arc is short and there are few observations; I expect that further
    tracking will reveal its mean motion even closer to that of 03054A than in the
    above results.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
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