Re: International designation

Anthony Beresford (starman@camtech.net.au)
Sat, 28 Sep 1996 23:48:31 +0930 (CST)

At 03:20 PM 9/28/96 +0200, you wrote:
>Dear SeeSat-L subscribers,
>
>Who can help me?
>
>I am not accustomed at all to use the "international" designation.
>But I would like very much to know it better.
>(Up to now, I used preferably the NORAD# to designate a sat)
Alphonse, 
Upt ill 1963 the method of International designation used
the Year of lanch, one or two greek letters and sequencing
within the launch. thus there were 1962 alpha1... 1962omega,
1962alphaalpha 1962alpha-beta 1962alpha-omega, 1962 beta-alpha
which you note and past 1962 beta-kappa ( of fond personal
memories). This got too cumbersome and for 1963 onwards
its was just a number sequence in each year.
Lately Ted Molczan has been modifying his codings to translate
the older form to one consistent wity the newer.
Tony Beresford