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RE: UNKnowns now known?



On Thu, 5 Oct 2000, Assi Friedman wrote:
> 
> The keplerian elements are initially assigned satellite names by the
> deployment order from the rocket. In most cases this turns to be wrong, and
> corrections need to be made. In this case, I think the SSTL bird is set
> 26548. Haven't heard the other birds so I don't know about them.

True, although the "A" piece is normally the primary payload of the 
launch.  The initial naming of additional pieces may also be in descending 
order of size/mass, as appears to be the case here.  Further complicated 
by launches where the satellite releases are spaced closely in time.


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