Re: Granat

Tony Beresford (starman@camtech.net.au)
Tue, 18 May 1999 15:23:52 +0930

At 12:57 18/05/99 , Ed Cannon wrote:

>Granat                                           202854 x 756 km
>1 20352U 89096A   99134.12222190  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0  9135
>2 20352  49.7900 284.1190 9340471  21.5370  41.7460  0.24401489 11213
>
>OIG has its RCS as 0.14, but the Encyclopedia Astronautica has 
>its mass as 3,200 kg.  There seems to be a discrepancy between
>those values.
Its a large X and Gamma ray observatory Ed. 
Its also worth noting the even SDP4 theory might not be a particularly
good representation of its motion. I suspect that the prediction of
a decay on june 3, relies on predictions of the solar and lunar
pertubations rather than air-drag.
Tony Beresford