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Preliminary AO-40 Keps -- Post Burn #1



Below is the estimated post burn #1 Keplerian Elements for the AMSAT OSCAR
40 spacecraft.  The burn ignition occurred at approximately 2000-DEC-11 1604
UTC.  Note that these Keplerian elements represent the planned burn profile;
the actual post-burn orbit may be somewhat different.  Thus tracking reports
with station WGS-84 lat/lon/alt and times of AOS/LOS versus *these*
estimated Keps would be helpful.

AO-40
1 26609U 00072B   00346.67146000  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0    68
2 26609   6.4028 239.1973 7763693 192.2448   0.1497  1.57068165   527

Satellite: AO-40
Catalog number: 26609
Epoch time:      00346.67146000
Element set:       6
Inclination:        6.4028 deg
RA of node:       239.1973 deg
Eccentricity:    0.7763693
Arg of perigee:   192.2448 deg
Mean anomaly:       0.1497 deg
Mean motion:    1.57068165 rev/day
Decay rate:    0.00000e+00 rev/day^2
Epoch rev:              52
Checksum:              265

I communicated this information with NORAD/Space Command and spoke directly
with the Orbital Analyst responsible for computing the post-burn Keplerian
elements.  We will be exchanging pertinent information to facilitate
publishing a high quality set of post-burn elements as soon as possible.

Ken Ernandes, N2WWD
n2wwd@amsat.org
http://www.mindspring.com/~n2wwd





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