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Re: AO-07: orbits 26397 & 26398

At 07:44 PM 6/30/2002 +0000, rdwelch@swbell.net wrote:
>I guess most of the tracking programs never dreamed of allowing for an 
>orbit number greater
>than 99,999. :-)

Hey, don't blame the tracking programs. The limitation is in the NASA/NORAD 
2-line element set format. There are only five columns allocated for 
"Revolution number at epoch" in the format definition.

The AMSAT format has no such limitation. It's an interesting question 
whether the AMSAT-format bulletins ought to contain the corrected number or 
the same number as the NASA-format bulletins.

73  -Paul

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