Decay watch: Iridium 3 Smart Dispenser

Alan Pickup (alan@wingar.demon.co.uk)
Tue, 22 Sep 1998 21:30:51 +0100

The latest elset for this decayer ...

Iridm 3 S/D      5.0  2.0  0.0  5.5 d            217 x 156 km
1 25434U 98048D   98265.73893370  .05476813 -12772-5  58464-3 0  1189
2 25434  86.3011 230.9659 0046562  16.5936 343.6686 16.32309918  5324

...shows it 7 seconds late against my predictions of yesterday.

As you might expect, its predicted decay has slipped again (anyone spot
a trend here?) and now stands at September 23.47 (11:22 UTC -90min
+180min). Predicted elsets:
Iridm 3 S/D      5.0  2.0  0.0  5.5 d            197 x 150 km
1 25434U 98048D   98266.04500611  .09803313  63217-1  55837-3 0 91185
2 25434  86.2995 230.7875 0035523  15.2399 344.8668 16.37239249  5378
Iridm 3 S/D      5.0  2.0  0.0  5.5 d            186 x 146 km
1 25434U 98048D   98266.16715423  .12991136  11610+0  51703-3 0 91188
2 25434  86.2986 230.7159 0030005  14.6967 345.3903 16.39982879  5393
Iridm 3 S/D      5.0  2.0  0.0  5.5 d            171 x 141 km
1 25434U 98048D   98266.28906265  .19228681  28236+0  46116-3 0 91186
2 25434  86.2971 230.6440 0023226  14.1521 345.9128 16.43798177  5416
Iridm 3 S/D      5.0  2.0  0.0  5.5 d            147 x 129 km
1 25434U 98048D   98266.41060288  .44706304  20790+1  43933-3 0 91180
2 25434  86.2948 230.5719 0013396  13.6053 346.4307 16.50595684  5432

Alan
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