Re: Iridium 82 replacing Iridium 38?

From: Rod Sladen (satellite@rod.sladen.org.uk)
Date: Wed Sep 17 2003 - 15:02:13 EDT

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    An update on the situation:
    
    Even though Iridium 82 is not yet "on station", the latest elsets
    from OIG show Iridium 82 and Iridium 38 as running more or less in
    tandem:
    IRIDIUM 38
    1 25043U 97069E   03259.67734971  .00000204  00000-0  65793-4 0  1967
    2 25043  86.3978 320.6933 0002457  69.8737 290.2721 14.34236289306476
    
    IRIDIUM 82
    1 25467U 98051A   03260.58468042 -.00676192  00000-0  00000+0 0  2269
    2 25467  86.3837 320.3501 0015303  87.6803 275.6708 14.34921477266853
    
    Assuming that both Iridium 38 and Iridium 82 are in correct
    orientation, there is a good opportunity to see simultaneous or
    overlapping flares, if you happen to be in the place at the right
    time [which I am not for a few days yet :-( ].
    Iridium 38 currently appears to be running around 30 seconds ahead
    of its nominal position, so (if I am lucky) the opportunity for
    overlapping flares may still continue if and when Iridium 82 takes
    over in that position.
    I will add fuller details on my Iridium status page:
    
    http://www.rod.sladen.org.uk/iridium
    
    -- 
    Rod Sladen
    Beeston, Nottinghamshire, UK
    52.923N, 1.219W
    
    
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