Re: New Metop Launch Attempt

From: Gerhard HOLTKAMP (grd.holtkamp@t-online.de)
Date: Sun Oct 15 2006 - 14:19:55 EDT

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    In my Metop launch announcement on 13-OCT-06 I mentioned that the Fregat upper 
    stage would lower its perigee by 100 km after seperation from Metop. I now 
    learned that they will actually do a proper de-orbit burn. This 20 second 
    burn will start at 18:14:58 UTC (17-OCT-06) half a minute after exit from 
    Earth shadow. Reentry will be over the Pacific at 18:53 UTC. Note that this 
    burn takes place when Metop and Fregat are visible from parts of 
    Eastern and Central Europe. 
    
    Once again the scheduled time for liftoff is at 16:28:13 UTC on 17-OCT-06.
    A TLE set for Metop after seperation from Fregat at 17:36 UTC is:
    
    Metop Sep                               
    1 99999  06044A   06290.73399421 0.00000000  00000-0  34635-4 0     1
    2 99999  98.7320 348.2812 0001000 155.4951 132.7896 14.21435203     1
    
    And obviously the TLE set I gave for Fregat is obsolete.
    
    Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    Darmstadt, Germany
    
    
    
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