Chinese launch of dummy Iridia

Jeff Hunt (jhunt@eagle1.eaglenet.com)
Thu, 4 Sep 97 11:35:56

I find it interesting that SPACEWARN in their standard notice has labled the 
48A and 48B objects as the dummy Iridia (standard useage of payloads as 
early letter designations) whereas the orbital parameters (as mentioned in 
an earlier post) indicate that the 48B and 48F objects should be the 
dummies.

Jeff Hunt <jhunt@eagle1.eaglenet.com>

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>               WORLD WARNING AGENCY FOR SATELLITES
>             WORLD DATA CENTER-A FOR R & S, NASA/GSFC
>            CODE 633, GREENBELT, MARYLAND, 20771. USA
>
>
>SPACEWARN 12868
>
>
>                     COSPAR/WWAS     USSPACECOM NUMBER  
>SPACECRAFT         INTERNATIONAL ID   (CATALOG NUMBER)   LAUNCH DATE
>
>
>IRIDIUM-SIM-1         1997-048A           24925        01 SEPTEMBER 1997
>IRIDIUM-SIM-2         1997-048B           24926        01 SEPTEMBER 1997
>
>[NAMES ARE TENTATIVE. USSPACECOM REPORTS NAMES AS "UNKNOWN."  BUT A
>CHINESE 
>(PRC) NEWS AGENCY, BEIJING XINHUA REPORTS THAT "TWO SIMULATION IRIDIUM 
>SATELLITES.....WERE LAUNCHED FROM TAIYUAN IN SHANXI PROVINCE". FBIS
>RELEASE, 
>1 SEP 97.]
>
>DR.JOSEPH H. KING, DIRECTOR, WDC-A-R&S. 
>[PH: (301) 286 7355. 
>E-MAIL: KING@NSSDCA.GSFC.NASA.GOV
>2 SEPTEMBER 1997, 15:30 UT] 
>  NSSDC home page: http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/
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Latest from OIG:


24925    				619 x 230 km
1 24925U 97048A   97246.88951130  .00104248  12019-5  36198-3 0    81
2 24925  86.2252 125.2250 0286216 149.3668 212.4695 15.47138456   359

24926					633 x 622 km
1 24926U 97048B   97246.92344475  .00000103  00000-0  10000-4 0    65
2 24926  86.3362 125.3137 0007425 334.9119  25.1832 14.80375159   355

24927					619 x 230
1 24927U 97048C   97247.34226797  .00118462  19472-5  41130-3 0    84
2 24927  86.2255 124.9880 0285632 147.4172 214.5107 15.47268954   425
24928					653 x 174 km
1 24928U 97048D   97247.36635052  .07755731 -19933-5  62938-2 0    90
2 24928  86.0237 124.9606 0352344 156.9970 207.3348 15.50969759   428
24929					704 x 179 km
1 24929U 97048E   97247.11563006  .06216927 -18495-5  63699-2 0    65
2 24929  86.0726 125.0943 0384408 153.8166 208.3293 15.41343500   382

24930					632 x 622 km
1 24930U 97048F   97247.53142725  .00000027  00000-0  35250-5 0   107
2 24930  86.3370 125.0306 0006507 327.1354  33.0065 14.80567709   449