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Re: <Autofrwd> RS-18 decayed



According to the NASA GFC, RS 18 is decayed the 11 Junuary 1999.

The last keplkerian element available are :

IntID/Name   CatNo Source period   Incl Apogee Perigee      RCS
------------ ----- ------ ------ ------ ------ ------- --------
1998-062C    25533 CIS      89.4   51.7    251     241   0.1872
SPUTNIK 41                Launched (1998/10/25) Decayed [1999/01/11] 

SPUTNIK 41    Decayed: 1999/01/11
1 25533U 98062C   99011.27784502  .36532436  12708-4  37292-3 0  1316
2 25533  51.6341  60.1503 0001083  50.3915 309.7247 16.50803227  9678
SPUTNIK 41    Decayed: 1999/01/11
1 25533U 98062C   99011.21736111  .25907650  12594-4  66284-3 0  1300
2 25533  51.6336  60.5005 0002176 332.2716  28.6263 16.45970281  9661

You can check to the following link if your QSL request is received.

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/ascerland/sp41QSL.htm

The last update is 10/01/99.

C. Mercier
AMSAT France secretary.


>Hi,
>
>According to Dr T. KELSO keplerian data base (amateur.txt, at
>http://celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/index.html)
>SPUTNIK-41 alias RS-18 has probably decayed at the present time.
>
>Actually, the decay rate of 0.36532436 was so fast that InstantTrack
>says its out of range.
>
>I had to edit the 2line elements for SPUTNIK-41 in order to let IT
>accept the keplerian elements. I set decay rate to zero value and
>changed the last figure in the line (Checksum) to 4.
> 
>Then IT computes an altitude of 136.5 to 137.9 Km.
>
>Pretty close to the ground, isn't it ?
>
>73's de Bernard, f6bvp
>
>President AMSAT France
>http://www.ccr.jussieu.fr/physio/f6bvp/
>tel +33(0)147 540 408 - fax +33(0)142 274 462
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