Re: KH, Lacrosse orbits

Robert Sheaffer (
Wed, 4 Sep 1996 22:01:34 -0700 (PDT)

Allen Thomson
> Is there any evidence that any of the satellites, particularly USA 86 & 116,
> adjusted their orbits in the past few days to fill in this morning gap?

I observed Lacrosse 1 last night (Sept. 3 around 04:00 UT, don't have
the exact time handy right now), and it matched its predicted elements
quite well. So I don't think that it changed its orbit recently.

Also, I observed the USA 125 rocket last night. According to Skymap,
it was predicted to reach its culmination near Gamma Draconis at
03:17:01 UT, and it was approx 30 seconds early. (I was listening
to WWV). 

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