Re: Decay watch: #25486 = Molniya rocket

Alan Pickup (alan@wingar.demon.co.uk)
Wed, 14 Oct 1998 19:51:30 +0100

The final two published elsets for this are:

Moln 1T? Moln r1                                 149 x 132 km
1 25486U 98054B   98287.04268521  .24212883  88718-5  27026-3 0   834
2 25486  62.8017 253.3198 0013027 144.5283 215.6764 16.49428803  2426
Moln 1T? Moln r1                                 133 x 120 km
1 25486U 98054B   98287.10325464  .54623595  90106-5  28513-3 0   847
2 25486  62.8047 253.0740 0010038 151.2770 209.2142 16.54923183  2431

These prove that it survived a bit longer than my final SatEvo
prediction suggested, though this comes as no surprise. The elset at
98287.04 shows it running 6 seconds late against the prediction at that
time.

I suspect that decay was most likely near the following southbound
equator crossing at October 14 03:12 UTC near 2 deg E longitude.

Alan
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