Re: Strange TLE for 02-024X

From: Michael McCants (mmccants@jump.net)
Date: Fri May 24 2002 - 11:54:56 EDT

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    Today's elsets for A and D are:
    
    PAYLOAD A
    1 27430U 02024A   02144.53226712  .01220236  00000-0  45936+0 0   233
    2 27430  98.8010 195.2386 0003920  56.2288 303.9135 14.28058339  1337
    PAYLOAD A
    1 27430U 02024A   02144.39255402  .02731422  00000-0  10154+1 0   224
    2 27430  98.7921 195.1147 0002203 220.9052 141.4964 14.28117140  1312
    CZ-4B DEB
    1 27433U 02024D   02143.74370293  .00001332  00000-0  78842-3 0   174
    2 27433  98.8025 194.3906 0015763 170.7675 338.5955 14.09332496  1213
    
    The 27430 elsets have almost unbelievable drag terms, but such a drag
    term would be required for an object to go from 14.09 mean motion to
    14.28 mean motion in only 8 days.  All of the 14.22, 14.25, and 14.28
    elsets produce predictions within 2 minutes of my observation.
    
    In my opinion, the above elset for 27433 is Hai Yang 1 and the elset for
    27431 is for Feng Yun 1D.
    
    PAYLOAD B
    1 27431U 02024B   02143.64439870 -.00000176 +00000-0 -76706-4 0 00162
    2 27431 098.8016 194.2867 0015372 165.5253 194.6363 14.09141958001211
    CZ-4B R/B
    1 27432U 02024C   02143.97273542 +.00000174 +00000-0 +11429-3 0 00099
    2 27432 098.7111 194.5661 0049816 252.0584 107.5148 14.13350004001258
    
    Mike McCants
    Austin, TX
    
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