Re: International Designation and Year 2000

Don Horton (dhorton@vgernet.net)
Sat, 28 Sep 96 23:18 EDT

At 02:08 PM 9/28/96 -0500, Ed Cannon wrote:



>
>My (first) question regarding the International Designation format is,
>how will it be handled beginning 1 Jan. 2000?  Won't it become almost 
>a necessity to use all four digits of the year?
>

        My immediate reaction is that we're safe till 2056... there are no
elsets with epochs before 1956, after all.  By then, it's not my problem.  I
don't expect I'll give a darn if I've actually lived to116.  ;-)

>
>...  And then, what about after NORAD #99999 is cataloged in the year 
>2xxx...?
>
>
        Okay, a seriouys answer to this one.  There is much more leeway in a
given number of characters using aan alphanumeric format.  After #99999 we
should go to A0001-A9999, then B0001-B9999, and so on.  That's enough for
25,974 satellites!

        


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