Re: Decay Forecast ROSAT

From: Paul Salanitri (paul.salanitri@gmail.com)
Date: Fri Oct 21 2011 - 00:34:27 UTC

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    Hi All,
    
    Did something just happen with ROSAT or was the last TLE slightly faulty?
    TLE Date = 11293.50992300
    
    It seems there was a rapid loss in perigee (not apogee) over and above its
    tracking decay.
    
    Could that be from Solar Flux, or has it now oriented itself to increase
    it's Cd??
    
    [Okay -just then; got a newer TLE, it's come back a bit, but definitely a
    change].
    
    It seems the quite predictable satellite to date now wants to have some fun.
    
    Significant when viewed like this, attached image - if it will let me, no it
    won't : here's the link  http://twitpic.com/73b4iu
    
    
    
    Paul Salanitri
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