Re: Next Week's Big Launches

From: Henry Hallam (henry@pericynthion.org)
Date: Sun Nov 17 2013 - 02:17:56 UTC

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    I'm on the ops team for Dove-3 and Dove-4, both on the Dnepr launch
    (Dove-3 from an ISIPOD on the upper stage, Dove-4 to be released from
    UniSat-5 at a later date).
    
    I don't think I'm allowed to give out the prelaunch TLEs and state
    vectors, but I will post TLEs for Dove-3 and Dove-4 as soon as we're
    able to confirm them through radio ranging.
    
    Dove-3 and -4, along with most of the other payloads, are quite small
    and will be difficult to observe visually.  We'd definitely be
    interested to hear any obs reports.
    
    Henry
    Planet Labs
    
    
    On Sat, Nov 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM, Dr. T.S. Kelso <TS.Kelso@celestrak.com> wrote:
    > Brian,
    >
    > We do for at least the initial deployments for the Dnepr launch. All I
    > have so far for the ORS 3 launch is a couple of operators showing 500 km
    > altitude at 40.5 deg inclination. If I can't get anything more, I'll do
    > a workup later today showing where that would be visible.  - TS
    >
    > Dr. T.S. Kelso
    > CelesTrak, http://celestrak.com
    > E-Mail: TS.Kelso@celestrak.com
    >
    > On 2013-11-16 02:00, Brian Weeden wrote:
    >> Do we know what altitude they are expected to be at?
    >>
    >> -------
    >> Brian
    >>
    >> On Nov 15, 2013, at 22:50, "Dr. T.S. Kelso" <TS.Kelso@celestrak.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>> As many of you know, we have two big launches next week--each with about
    >>> 30 payloads (not to mention upper stages and deployment devices). This
    >>> could be the ultimate tracking challenge!
    >>>
    >>> I've already put together some information on the Dnepr launch,
    >>> currently scheduled for 07:11 UTC on Nov 21 out of Dombarovskiy, Russia.
    >>> The primary goal of that analysis is to show where on the Earth's
    >>> surface these objects should be visible for the first 24 hours after
    >>> launch. It appears visibility will be restricted to above 58 North and
    >>> below 5 South latitude, so it's really going to depend on the southern
    >>> hemisphere observers.
    >>>
    >>> I hope to put together a similar analysis for the ORS 3 launch,
    >>> currently scheduled for 0030 UTC on Nov 20 out of Wallops Island, Virginia.
    >>>
    >>> For both of these analyses, you can find them under the Special Event
    >>> Coverage at http://celestrak.com.  - TS
    >>>
    >>> Dr. T.S. Kelso
    >>> CelesTrak, http://celestrak.com
    >>> E-Mail: TS.Kelso@celestrak.com
    >>>
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