Re: Question on Proton/Nimiq Launch

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Fri, 21 May 1999 15:09:26 -0600

>As for the 15.8 deg orbit for the satellite - this is where the Blok DM3 
>should be.   Also I have put together a mathematical model to predict the 
>"separation orbit" parameters for these commercial missions based upon 
>the mass of the satellites, and for Nimiq 1 is should be 15.95 deg: the 
>model will be presented at the British Interplanetary Society meeting two 
>weeks tomorrow (June 5th).

Seems like it has been found. See D piece below.  The inclination for the
payload is increased.  

Ron

UNK, Baikonur, 2230UT, 20 May 99, Nimiq
1 25740U 99027A   99141.11038716 -.00000282 +00000-0 +00000-0 0 00024
2 25740 048.5541 224.5122 7292818 000.1900 098.0441 02.28455169000011

UNK
1 25740U 99027A   99141.22474593 -.00000189  00000-0  00000+0 0    39
2 25740  15.8459 227.1045 5169358 359.9529 186.0803  1.87314711    12

UNK
1 25740U 99027A   99141.50783568 -.00000191  00000-0  00000+0 0    50
2 25740  16.4794 226.9677 5173440   0.2713  17.0855  1.87804695    23

UNK
1 25743U 99027D   99141.48257164 -.00000192  00000-0  00000+0 0    15
2 25743  16.4756 226.9687 5177336   0.2627   0.0066  1.87568099    95