Delta Star and Lacrosse, was re:Run Skymap 510 w/Win 95

Philip Chien (kc4yer@amsat.org)
Tue, 21 May 1996 00:39:09 -0400

Laurie (saslmb@juno.com) asked:

>Regarding satellite viewing:
>
>Are there any elements for Delta Star #19911 or RME #20497 (Star
>wars-type satellites from what I read)?

These were mostly unclassified tests.  Here's the latest elements I have in
my database.

LACE
1 20496  90015A   96128.18623222  .00000947  00000 1  35020-4 0  6461
2 20496  43.0999  77.4007 0008864 152.0800 208.0532 15.35582551347525
Delta Star       5.5
1 19911  89026A   91161.23081871  .00025135  00000 1  53573-3 0  9749
2 19911  47.6904 153.9240 0005479  69.0217 291.1290 15.44175636123627

LACE is the sister satellite which was launched with RME.

My stats show Delta Star's reentry on 6-23-92, and RME's entry on 5-24-92.
As far as I know LACE is still in orbit.


>Are both Lacrosse 1 & 2 supposed to be a reddish color, if so, are they
>"ruby red" or just a reddish hue?  They go over Orlando, FL now and then
>but I can't see them.  I've been using "Ted's elements" and allowing
>several minutes of error before & after the viewing time.  Any tips?

Sure - come on over to my place. ;-)

Seriously - I've never had any problems finding either of the Lacrosse
satellites.  They're quite distinctly red, and very reliable - if the keps
say that they're visible, they're easy to find.



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