Details on Indian Launch; STS Elset

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Thu, 27 May 1999 09:48:58 -0600

The rocket carried a 2,310-pound Indian remote sensing satellite, 
Oceansat-1, for oceanographic research. 

The other satellites were KITSAT-3, a 235-pound satellite for South Korea's
Satellite Technology Research Center, and the 99-pound Tubsat belonging to the
German Aerospace Center.

See:   http://www.flatoday.com:80/space/today/052799f.htm

Hence the obs reported by Jari was probably the rocket based upon his report
and the elsets below. I had thought he saw Oceansat but it was 30 seconds
behind the rocket body..hence he may not have seen it. The other objects are
probably telescopic objects...certainly Tubsat.

Here are better elsets plus a Shuttle elset:

OceanSat 1 ?                                     740 x 718 km
1 25756U 99029A   99147.20393373  .00012127  00000-0  31925-2 0    57
2 25756  98.3871 244.3027 0015299 217.3126 142.7005 14.49108467   130
Kitsat 3 ?                                       739 x 718 km
1 25757U 99029B   99147.13479952  .00025856  00000-0  67593-2 0    51
2 25757  98.3825 244.2280 0014684 222.6529 137.3518 14.49255492   122
TubSat ?                                         738 x 715 km
1 25758U 99029C   99147.41091454  .00326727  00000-0  84841-1 0    66
2 25758  98.3824 244.5029 0015935 235.9716 124.0504 14.49691231   146
OceanSat 1 PSLV-C2 r ?                           737 x 716 km
1 25759U 99029D   99147.47961243  .00064547  00000-0  16711-1 0    54
2 25759  98.3773 244.5724 0014616 206.4320 153.6669 14.49846378   314
STS-96                                           342 x 324 km
1 25760U 90030A   99147.44760544  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    21
2 25760  51.5901 302.2753 0013416 234.3412 125.6944 15.79135817    18

Ron Lee