Cosmos 2423 fragmentation

From: Björn Gimle (bg_26934@glocalnet.net)
Date: Mon Nov 20 2006 - 02:40:52 EST

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    There are 'now' 28 debris objects #29604-31 catalogued.
    All have perigees 163-203 km, 18 objects have apogees 
    below 350 km, but the rest are 670-800 km!
    
    AllCola suggest that the explosion occurred Nov.17 18:07
    which is very close to the epoch of current elset of the parent 
    #29402.
    
    The orbit of the T object (#29618) is similar to A in MM and drag,
    and U (#29619) has a much lower drag due to high apogee (and being 
    dense?)
    
    The satellite was overdue for an orbit raise at the time.
    
    /Björn
    
    
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