Large number of debris objects from Delta 4 Rocket

From: Mike McCants (
Date: Wed Nov 15 2006 - 17:36:03 EST

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    Spacecom has cataloged 60 debris objects associated with the
    Delta 4 rocket that placed DMSP F17 into orbit.  The catalog
    numbers are 29540 to 29599.  My analysis of the elsets for a few
    of these objects leads me to the conclusion that an explosive
    event happened many minutes after the rocket performed its 
    maneuver to enter a decay orbit.  So I believe that the main
    rocket body did re-enter and that all these pieces of debris
    are very tiny.
    Mike McCants
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