Radarsat Observations/Elements

Bart De Pontieu (BDP@MPE.MPE-GARCHING.MPG.DE)
Tue, 07 Nov 1995 20:25:47 +0100 (CET)

Jim Varney is having mail problems, hence I'm forwarding this for him :

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RADARSAT and SURFSAT were launched Saturday, Nov. 4, from Vandenburg AFB in
California aboard a Delta II.  Here are the latest elements from OIG:

RADARSAT(?)
1 23710U 95059A   95310.17818575 -.00001606 +00000-0 -58425-3 0 00343
2 23710 098.5808 314.9963 0002669 077.6315 282.5163 14.31848002000222
SURFSAT(?)
1 23711U 95059B   95310.16155630 -.00000047 +00000-0 +00000-0 0 00204
2 23711 100.6351 314.2522 0368379 234.9978 121.6037 13.12212092000204

I put the (?) because the OIG elements did not indicate if 59A or 59B was
RADARSAT.  SURFSAT is bolted into the upper stage of the Delta, so one would
expect SURFSAT to be 59B -- but, on the other hand, boosters usually are in a
lower orbit.  

I observed 59A on November 7 at 0213 UT.  It was steady at mag 3.5.  I also
looked for 59B at 0200 but couldn't find it in the moonlit cirrus.   

Jim


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Jim Varney, P.E.                                           Sacramento, CA
Civil Engineer                                      jim.varney@24stex.com
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