RE: Titan IV (#80000) preliminary positions 14 May 96

Ted Molczan (molczan@fox.nstn.ca)
Tue, 14 May 1996 14:39:06 -0400

Ron Lee posted the following possible NOSS 2-3 r obs,
made on 14 May 1996 UTC:

>After more review of the stars I have determined two reasonably
>good positions:

>Time (UT)           RA             DEC     (J2000)
>10:45:02.1     20:10:11      +10:41       (about 28 seconds early)
>10:47:39.0      1:40:44       +49:35       (about 21 seconds early)

>My latitude is +38.9478, long is 104.5614 W, elev 2073 meters
>(Time zone is MDT or UT-6).

This obs is in very good agreement with the orbit I posted
shortly after the launch. The elset below has been 
adjusted in RAAN, argument of perigee and mean anomaly to
better fit Ron's observation. Bjoern Gimle's mean anomaly
estimate was very close.

This elset remains consistent with Ron Coursen's report that
he saw two objects between 9:12 and 9:14 UTC, presumably on the
correct path. (As reported by Walter Nissen.)

NOSS 2-3 r      15.0  4.0  0.0  4.2
1 80000U 80000  B 96133.89722222  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    05
2 80000  63.4175 274.5000 0291700 167.0000 319.1500 15.33000000    08

bye for now