Revised search elements for 97 68A (Titan IV Payload)

Mike McCants (
Sun, 9 Nov 1997 22:59:06 -0600 (CST)

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

1 25034U 97068A   97312.18014685 0.00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    01
2 25034  64.6900 336.5250 7190000 270.4900  35.6200  2.03620000    03

This revised elset is based on a number of observations from Nov. 8
about 05:10UT until Nov. 8 about 06:40UT.

The Centaur rocket should be in a very similar orbit.

The inclination appears to be about 1.2 degrees larger than the
nominal 63.5.

The mean motion, eccentricity, and argument of perigee are better
determined with this elset.

The payload could be as much as 5 minutes off of this elset
this evening (Sunday evening) and the uncertainty should increase
by 3 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 the rest of
the week as well).

Mike McCants