Galileo IUS morning perigee passes over USA

Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Fri, 12 Nov 1999 00:22:57 -0600

For (south-central?) USA early risers, Galileo IUS is in a series 
of near-perigee morning passes.  Its perigee is about 200 km and 
apogee is about 16,000 km.  It has a significant drag term, so 
elements should be refreshed every few days.  It's not in the 
mccants.tle file, but it is in these files:

 ftp://ftp.fc.net/pub/users/mikem/highdrg2.zip (19K)
 ftp://ftp.fc.net/pub/users/mikem/eccen.zip (55K)

Its Quicksat intrinsic magnitude is about +3.0, which corresponds 
with about +4.5 Molczan standard magnitude, so the best passes 
should be +2.0 or even brighter, and it will be in a hurry.  
(Unfortunately, the best passes seem to have gone by already.) 

Galileo IUS
1 20299U 89084C   99315.48304374  .00070231  00000-0  16650-2 0   816
2 20299  34.2375  27.0079 5452654  86.7244 331.0803  4.98945658132108

Ed Cannon - ecannon@mail.utexas.edu - Austin, Texas, USA
http://wwwvms.utexas.edu/~ecannon/satellite.htm

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