RE: Sputnik40 TLEs

Fri, 7 Nov 1997 03:19:12 -0500 (EST)

On Wed, 5 Nov 1997, Jeff Hunt wrote:
> Only speculation on my part, but why would the international designation for 
> Progress M-36 (97058) be applied to Sputnik 40? I realize it was delivered 
> on M-36, but why not a Mir international designation since it was launched 
> from Mir during the EVA 3?

It originally left earth on Progress.  After launch, it was transferred 
to Mir.  It makes sense to have id be related to original launch.

A photo distributed on my News email list showed Sputnik flying 'in 
orbit' while inside Mir.
Hmmm.   Why not consider that in-orbit time instead of starting from when 
Sputnik went outside?

> 24958/97058C is presently leading the Mir complex by 5356 km. Radio 
> observations of Sputnik 40 indicate it only slightly leading Mir.
> Could 24958/97058C be debris from M-36?

Jonathan Space Report shows 58C = Sputnik.

Nov  3 0405   Sputnik 40                     Mir,LEO          Demo       58C

Jay Respler
    Satellite Tracker * Early Typewriter Collector
               Freehold, New Jersey