RE: NOSS 2-3 designations

Ted Molczan (molczan@fox.nstn.ca)
Thu, 5 Sep 1996 16:43:47 -0400

>As I understand it, there is still a designation, 96029G, as you seem to 
>prefer, or 96- 29 G, as PPAS would have it, which is presumed to be the 
>other end of the Norton-Ralph tether.  If and when it splits and if both 
>pieces can be tracked, I presume that designation would be pressed into 
>service. 

I imagine that something like that will happen.
If the end masses retain some of the tether, then
I expect they will be easy to track; otherwise,
they might be lost, because they are very faint. 
Of course it may be that we are losing them in the 
glare of the tether, and that once separate they will 
be readily visible through 11x80 binoculars.
 
>>              90050     91076     96029 
>> Leader         B         C         C 
>> 
>> Trailer        C         D         D 
>> 
>> Outlier        D         E         E 
> 
>I guess the term "sidecar", which I have to think Jay Leno would prefer, 
>is just too ridiculous for standard usage.  Though I think perhaps few 
>college-educated people, presented with the word "outlier" devoid of 
>context, would be able even to pronounce it, let alone define it. 

Outlier would be understood by those who have
studied statistics; otherwise it is pretty obscure.
I would not have minded sidecar at all, but outlier
is okay too.

>Every calculation I've done shows the D object to be the leader.  I've 
>thought this peculiar.  Am I confused?

I suspect that will be cleaned up the next time
the elements are updated. It probably is a
remnant of the confusing situation around the
time of deployment, when it was difficult to be
certain which object was which from one night
to the next.

Ted Molczan