Re: Large number of debris objects from Delta 4 Rocket

From: John Locker (john@satcom.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Thu Nov 16 2006 - 04:01:29 EST

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    Hi Mike...........
    
    >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.
    
    
    Any idea where ( geographically )  this event might have happened...and why 
    ?
    
    Just curious ;O)
    
    John
    
    
    
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Mike McCants" <mmccants@io.com>
    To: <SeeSat-L@satobs.org>
    Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 10:36 PM
    Subject: Large number of debris objects from Delta 4 Rocket
    
    
    > 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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