Re: Chinese "Project 921" launch due ?

Jens Lerch (jens.lerch@studbox.uni-stuttgart.de)
Sat, 20 Nov 1999 16:48:22 +0000

Phillip Clark <psclark@dircon.co.uk> wrote:

> Since this flight will be something totally new, there is no information
> for the orbit, but I have suggested in a recent Jane's Intelligence Review
> article that an inclination of ~48 deg might be used.
> 
> Of course, lighting conditions might make it impossible to see the
> spacecraft or rocket stage before they come down, but if timely launch
> data come outthen there might be a chance of seeing something.

NASA Goddard released these elsets for the recent launch from Jiquan:

UNK
1 25956U 99061A   99324.55774712  .08226991  77191-5  83836-2 0    52
2 25956  42.4817  23.8265 0216205 121.0102 241.2179 15.77526692    77
UNK 
1 25957U 99061B   99324.54535792  .01083278  83965-5  80528-3 0 48 
2 25957  42.5976  23.4836 0096185 132.5678 228.3371 16.04841711   65 
UNK 
1 25958U 99061C   99324.55431799  .11024612  76796-5  87957-2 0 35 
2 25958  42.7603  23.2158 0185948 143.1732 218.6220 15.86682882  72

Good luck on spotting it before it comes down!

-- 
Jens Lerch
jlerch@geocities.com
http://jens.lerch.home.pages.de/

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