Molniya 3-11 decay

Allen Thomson (thomsona@dzn.com)
Mon, 14 Sep 1998 10:42:11 -0600

The period of Molniya 3-11 (1979004A, 11240) has begun to decrease 
rapidly.  Is this normal pre-decay behavior for such objects?

1 11240U          93021.05730941  .00000224           99999-4 0  3544
2 11240  63.4964  24.6806 7392776 252.5930  20.7501  2.00667501102651

1 11240U          94005.93891023  .00000341           36649-3 0  7910
2 11240  62.9435 328.7555 7458127 253.9500  19.4295  2.00665852109679

1 11240U          95004.78354553  .00000504           36919-3 0   256
2 11240  62.1778 268.6735 7419461 257.8850  18.0496  2.00649138116970

1 11240U          96004.62787702  .00000654           53212-3 0  1630
2 11240  61.8589 211.0898 7346329 262.4749  16.8185  2.00610779124293

1 11240U          97001.97348326  .00000291           51115-2 0  3112
2 11240  61.7163 155.2874 7370457 266.9691  14.9807  2.00582367131588

1 11240U          97365.29111718  .00000591           31675-3 0  5411
2 11240  61.8309  95.6930 7497782 272.6190  12.2917  2.00637362138878

1 11240U          98075.95915823  .00014857           18119-2 0  6072
2 11240  61.8628  82.4231 7515098 274.0094  12.9778  2.01470223140394

1 11240U          98131.84024195  .00025990 -12621-5  65721-3 0  6515
2 11240  61.8685  72.4208 7518218 275.2253  13.4211  2.03051349141527

1 11240U          98175.01232846  .00038248  16234-5  10630-3 0  7003
2 11240  61.9341  64.5215 7513544 276.1628  13.2222  2.05105976142406

1 11240U          98225.59096826  .00917442 -11014-4  40586-3 0  7790
2 11240  61.9687  54.6358 7213059 277.3465  12.4249  2.45201416143497

1 11240U          98232.31313955  .02841035  32435-4  16932-2 0  7986
2 11240  61.9563  53.0065 7055255 277.5310  14.0512  2.65702168143663

1 11240U          98239.69156572  .03160162  23418-5  65113-3 0  8080
2 11240  62.0121  51.0534 6804022 277.7797  18.1292  3.01725873143870

1 11240U          98251.93974188  .02162620 -52837-5  61938-3 0  8373
2 11240  61.9556  47.1421 6423409 278.1385  18.5654  3.56144260144271