RE: USA 136Rocket

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@rogers.com)
Date: Wed May 19 2004 - 14:04:18 EDT

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    Tony Beresford wrote:
    
    > Is one to assume that this object, 97 68B, USA 136 Rocket, #25035, should have
    decayed by now?
    
    It most likely decayed not many days after the last known observation, on May 05
    UTC.
    
    I believe this was the last elset derived from observation:
    
    USA 136 r        8.6  3.0  0.0  3.5 v
    1 25035U 97068B   04126.04524397  .05000000  00000-0  14703-2 0    07
    2 25035  63.5359  24.1290 6463648 247.7621  34.6012  3.50153652    08
    
    
    > OIG doesnt have it as decayed as yet.
    
    In recent years, it had become common practice for USSTRATCOM to begin to
    publish the elements of objects in secret orbits a few days before their decay.
    Apparently, not this time.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
    
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