Updated Soyuz/Globalstar Prelaunch Info

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Mon, 20 Sep 1999 18:51:58 -0600

NEW DATE & LAUNCH TIME.  Previous elsets invalid

Globalstar, Soyuz, 22 Sep 99, 14:33 UT Launch    946 x 904 km
1 99998P 990xxA   99266.09170061  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    44
2 99998  51.9294 228.7482 0028656 203.6986 156.3135 13.91130179    76
SOYUZ R/B (1), 22 Sep 99, 14:33 UT Launch        901 x 236 km
1 99999P 990xxE   99266.13177972  .00000000  00000-0  00000+0 0    37
2 99999  51.9464 228.3341 0478119  79.0722 286.4283 14.99466777   111

Data from the 15 April 99 launch was adjusted for the 22 Sep 99 14:33 UT
launch time.  The elset on Soyuz R/B (1) (#99999) may be close to the 
orbit from about Launch + 8 min, 48 sec until the IKAR stage ignites at
launch + 2 hr, 29 min, 31 sec.   At that point and beyond, use the 
Globalstar elset (#99998).  

Satellite deployment should occur about 3 hr, 33 min, 30 sec after launch.

New Zealand folks may be the first to observe the launch with the visibility
moving westward to Central America, the US eastern seaboard, central/eastern
Australia (southern portions), then a pass for the trio in Austin Texas
around 
10:50 UT.

Consider looking early/late (a few minutes) and perpendicular to the predicted
path to account for elset inaccuracies.

Disregard elset/rev numbers.  Positions are correct for the launch time.

Ron Lee