Decay of #24763 = Cosmos 2340 SL-6 platform

Alan Pickup (alan@wingar.demon.co.uk)
Sun, 11 May 1997 16:54:44 +0100

This object appears to be heading for decay about May 18.9, give or take
a day or so. Russell Eberst observed it at midnight UT on May 8/9,
seeing it steady at mag 6.8 at a range of around 500 km. There are both
evening and morning passes for Edinburgh before decay, while I believe
it is an evening object at less northerly latitudes.

The latest from OIG is:
Cosmos 2340 SL-6 plat                            320 x 184 km
1 24763U 97015C   97131.54034226  .01152125  82076-5  60858-3 0   997
2 24763  62.8477 158.6688 0103180 117.1887 244.0133 16.08176343  4927

A SatEvo evolution satisfies the equator crossings for 10 elsets since
97129.8 with a mean error of 0.3 sec.
Predicted elsets:
Cosmos 2340 SL-6 plat                            315 x 183 km
1 24763U 97015C   97132.03760192  .01138292  38149-3  57742-3 0 90895
2 24763  62.8436 156.6964 0099675 117.7059 243.3086 16.09221985  5000
Cosmos 2340 SL-6 plat                            304 x 182 km
1 24763U 97015C   97133.03110352  .01267828  49645-3  58530-3 0 90890
2 24763  62.8428 152.7388 0092137 117.8864 243.0477 16.11606805  5168
Cosmos 2340 SL-6 plat                            291 x 180 km
1 24763U 97015C   97134.02304915  .01440460  67904-3  59279-3 0 90894
2 24763  62.8419 148.7729 0083938 118.0675 242.7837 16.14284330  5326

Alan
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