USA-129 elset (USA-86/116?)

Bjoern Gimle (bjorn@tt-tech.se)
Tue, 21 Oct 1997 12:32:21 +0100

I have failed a few times to see USA-129, and noted that Pierre's
latest(?) elset did not agree with the (older) elset in molczan.tle,
and not with Russell's Oct.10-13 observations.

With ELCOR, I got 0.01 to 0.04 degree residuals for these observations,
and found USA-129 (#24680, 96-72A) only two seconds late.
Including my observation, 4 97 10 20 20 39 01.3 18 24.28 +38.39 2000 .1
in ELCOR format, it did not destroy Russell's residuals, and got 0.05
degrees, and the following result:

USA 129 BJG 971020 + RDE 971010-13               1002 x 269
1 24680U 9607201  97284.77744875  .00013000  75442-9  13964-3 0    31
2 24680  97.8184 343.7258 0522682 287.7714  67.5263 14.78037874  4273


I hope I can find #22251 now that the moon disappears, below 28 degrees
in the North, but #23728 has crept below the horizon.

I hope Willie, Ian, Shari, Tony ... can pick them up soon.

#24680 is unusually early wrt. #23728, if that orbit is correct,
(3h 48m, and 6.5 degrees east on Equator crossing tonight)
and may have a slight orbit raise any day now ?

USA 86  #321
1 22251U 92083 A  97258.1445294   .00000045  00000-0  40669-4 0    07
2 22251 097.7565 342.1730 0414129 265.4239 089.6185 14.54958991    00
USA 116  #86
1 23728U 95066 A  97253.1730576   .00014928  47402-9  94695-4 0    00
2 23728 097.8926 002.9606 0528640 242.5088 111.7894 14.77341305    00

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