RE: SATOBS 04-34B?

From: Ted Molczan (molczan@rogers.com)
Date: Wed Sep 08 2004 - 11:44:03 EDT

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    Congratulations on recovering the object, Peter!
    
    This was a difficult search, because the mean motion of the search orbit was not
    precise, having been based upon a short observational arc. As a result, you
    observed it nearly 207 min late relative the search elements:
    
    USA 179 r search                                          418 X 16551
    1 70000U          04245.01789074  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    01
    2 70000  58.0589 230.1446 5430000 295.8680 358.9127  4.79469091    08
    
    Your second point seems to be considerably more accurate than your first; adding
    it to the analysis yields this result, having WRMS residuals = 0.08 deg:
    
    USA 179 r                                                 368 X 17027
    1 28385U 04034B   04245.01789075  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    02
    2 28385  58.1442 230.2283 5527510 296.2717 358.3446  4.69334798    07
    
    I used the same epoch for the above as the search elset, to facilitate
    comparison. Here is the result for the ascending node prior to your
    observations:
    
    USA 179 r        0.0  0.0  0.0  3.7 v
    1 28385U 04034B   04251.84733670  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    00
    2 28385  58.1443 226.5553 5527494 297.6353  17.4128  4.69334799    09
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
    
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