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re: The Space-trak debate



It's fine that you were able to get a 'space-trak.org' login so quickly.
However, i'm troubled by part of their 'User Agreement':

  # The User agrees not to transfer any data or technical information
    received under the agreement, including the analysis of tracking data,
    to any other entity without the express approval of the DoD.

So if i compare the magnetometer readings of UO-11 against the predicted
position of the satellite by analyzing the tracking data, then i'm not
allowed to publish the results without permission of the DoD??  No doubt
the same problem would exist with AO-40 if it were still transmitting
telemetry.  Stifling scientific or amateur communications surely is not
what Congress intended.

I can understand DoD not wanting the wide knowledge of the position of 
satellites which might be related to national security.  But i fail to
see how this would apply to educational satellites and those in the
amateur service.

Hopefully, the Amateur Radio community can find some way to provide KEPS
for its satellites (or others with the consent of their owners).

		         -- KD6PAG  (Networking Old-Timer, Satellite QRPer)


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