Search elements for 97 68A (Titan IV Payload)

Mike McCants (
Sun, 9 Nov 1997 19:38:40 -0600 (CST)

I have derived the following elements for 97 68A, the Titan IV payload:

1 25034U 97068A   97312.17944778  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    05
2 25034  64.5000 336.1550 7173000 270.9200  35.1900  2.01700000    00

This elset is based on a number of observations from Nov. 8
about 05:00UT until Nov. 8 about 06:00UT.

The Centaur rocket should be in a very similar orbit.

The inclination appears to be about 1 degree larger than the
nominal 63.5.

The mean motion, eccentricity, and argument of perigee are rather

The payload could be as much as 15 minutes off of this elset
this evening (Sunday evening) and the uncertainty should increase
by 5 or 10 minutes every day.

There is, of course, a high likelihood that the payload might
perform orbit correction maneuvers.

It was cloudy here last night and tonight (and likely tomorrow
night as well).

Mike McCants