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Re: UNKnowns now known?



Folks,
I'm not sure who provided the information that attached these satellite 
names to object numbers but the identification of Saudisat 1A is 
incorrect.  It is object 26546.  At least that is the object number being 
used in the commissioning process and observations very closely match 
predictions.
As usual, the initial association of names to object numbers after a launch 
is probably incorrect.  I can't remember a multiple object launch in the 
past 10 years where the IDs were initially correct.  This is unfortunate as 
it causes much confusion.
For clarification:
Saudisat 1A is object 26546, downlink 446.775
Saudisat 1B is object 26549, downlink 447.075

The commissioning process is continuing with various hardware and software 
pieces being tested.  The satellites are on only when activated by command 
stations.  Work continues on a web site with photos and further details.

Jim
wd0e@amsat.org
jim@coloradosatellite.com

At 08:28 PM 10/04/2000 -0400, you wrote:
>TIUNGSAT-1
>1 26545U 00057A   00278.13072816  .00012914  00000-0  18337-2 0    70
>2 26545  64.5620 168.0596 0005846 332.0862  27.9952 14.77177779  1135
>MEGSAT-1
>1 26546U 00057B   00278.13928533  .00002012  00000-0  31470-3 0    79
>2 26546  64.5610 168.0951 0004192  96.4155 263.7426 14.75456226  1141
>UNISAT
>1 26547U 00057C   00277.79769259  .00002525  00000-0  38498-3 0   402
>2 26547  64.5598 169.1218 0002481  47.5925 312.5351 14.75998704  1092
>SAUDISAT 1A
>1 26548U 00057D   00278.14516554  .00002971  00000-0  46673-3 0    39
>2 26548  64.5602 168.1184 0010161 114.8927 245.3233 14.74339205  1146
>SAUDISAT 1B
>1 26549U 00057E   00278.14983135  .00002882  00000-0  46239-3 0    65
>2 26549  64.5601 168.1334 0015032 117.9146 242.3480 14.73447442  1145
>DNEPR-1 R/B
>1 26550U 00057F   00278.10223364  .00000477  00000-0  20748-3 0    58
>2 26550  64.5652 171.5174 0522416 128.2396 236.6888 13.78336894  1065
>DNEPR-1 DEB
>1 26551U 00057G   00278.15431665  .00004567  00000-0  73358-3 0    47
>2 26551  64.5606 168.1521 0019501 120.5110 239.7922 14.72603503  1149
>
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