New Iridium Elsets

Ralph McConahy (rmcconahy@earthlink.net)
Fri, 6 Nov 1998 18:08:20 -0800

Saw all five Iridiums. They were running about 40-50 seconds late per Ron's
elsets below. They also were not spread out as much as expected. All five
fit into about a 5 deg field of view. Time between the 1st & 2nd = 3 sec;
between 2nd & 3rd = 2.5 sec; between 3rd & 4th = 2.5 sec; between 4th & 5th
only about 0.2s.

Also saw the Delta 2r earlier. It seemed to be on time. Very bright, would
have been 1x except the sky was still blue in early dusk.

These sightings topped off a nice day that started this morning with a 200+
mile away view of the launch.

  Ralph McConahy
  34.8829N  117.0064W  670m


>>From Alan's Satevo Select.tle file
>
>Iridium 2        3.0  0.0  0.0  6.0 d            534 x 522 km
>1 25527U 98066A   98310.67438260  .00000037  00000-0  00000-0 0    11
>2 25527  86.0220 311.9364 0008007 260.3590  98.3057 15.12715555    07
>Iridium 86       3.0  0.0  0.0  6.0 d            533 x 517 km
>1 25528U 98066B   98310.67460109  .00000038  00000-0  00000-0 0    10
>2 25528  86.0144 311.9265 0011652 221.1478 138.7465 15.13699335    03
>Iridium 85       3.0  0.0  0.0  6.0 d            533 x 514 km
>1 25529U 98066C   98310.67459616  .00000038  00000-0  00000-0 0    12
>2 25529  86.0152 311.9254 0013613 223.7877 136.0772 15.14192003    04
>Iridium 84       3.0  0.0  0.0  6.0 d            554 x 496 km
>1 25530U 98066D   98310.67459205  .00000039  00000-0  00000-0 0    19
>2 25530  86.0940 312.0116 0041832 301.1742  58.2268 15.13694737    01
>Iridium 83       3.0  0.0  0.0  6.0 d            533 x 512 km
>1 25531U 98066E   98310.67878075  .00000038  00000-0  00000-0 0    19
>2 25531  86.0210 311.9254 0015190 228.1836 154.5034 15.14610350    04
>Iridm 2 Delta r  5.9  2.4  0.0  5.6 d            520 x 250 km
>1 25532U 98066F   98310.73684778  .00000324 -10275-5  00000-0 0    11
>2 25532  82.4684 312.4244 0199718 348.8907   6.4468 15.61029496    28
>
>