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Shuttle Launch should be visible as far north as NewEngland






Shuttle Launch should be visible as far north as NewEngland

by Miles Mann WF1F,
MAREX-NA (Manned Amateur Radio Experiment, North American Division)

Hello everyone:

The space shuttle STS-88 will be launching tonight (maybe) and the launch
should be visible
as far north as Maine.
Most shuttle launches are due east over the atlantic, but for ISS launches,
the
shuttle will be heading up the east coast of the USA.
The boosters and engin glow can be seen during the launch.
The current launch time is 3:36 am est December 4, 1998
You will need to check the nasa web and news companys to get current lauch
status reports.

http://www.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/countdown/


Shuttle: Endeavour (OV-105)
                              Launch Pad: 39-A
                              Launch Time: 12/04/98 3:36am EST
                                                      (under review)
                              Launch Window: 5-10 minutes
                              Target Landing: 12/15/98 - 10:23 pm EST
                              Duration: 11 days, 18 hours

Listening to Shuttle:
There is no Amateur radio on the shuttle this year.
The Shuttle normally uses Satellite links to communicate with NASA.  VHF
and  HF links are used
as backups and during landings.  For most people it will not be possible to
 hear he shuttle directly.
There are several web service available which will be providing live
shuttle audio.  Surf the web and
have fun.




Tracking Mir, Sputnik and Zarya

The best way to track satellites is to get access to a good satellite
tracking program.  There are numerous programs on the market, both for sale
and share ware.

The shuttle will be in space for 11 days.  The best way to track the
shuttle is to use
the Zarya Kep data.  The shuttle will be parked next to Zarya for
approximalty 6 days.
During the first two days and last two days of the shuttle mission, it will
be dificult
to track the shuttle.  This is because the shuttle will be firing its
engines frequently.
Every time the shuttle uses its engins, you will need a new set of Keps.
Tracking Zarya is the best way to know where the shuttle will be for part
of the shuttle mission.


The best place for current Kep data is at the CelesTrak web page
http://celestrak.com/
Keps from December 1, 1998

     MIR
     1 16609U 86017A   98335.46837800  .00042320  00000-0  31740-3 0    55
     2 16609  51.6570 275.9574 0007573  32.9607 327.2490 15.71869263730304
     KVANT 1
     1 17845U 87030A   98334.95973737  .00034343  00000-0  26223-3 0  6059
     2 17845  51.6598 278.5581 0007992  34.1795 325.8714 15.71818104664331
     KVANT 2
     1 20335U 89093A   98334.95973737  .00034343  00000-0  26223-3 0  4304
     2 20335  51.6598 278.5581 0007992  34.1795 325.8714 15.71818104513343
     KRISTALL
     1 20635U 90048A   98334.95973737  .00034343  00000-0  26223-3 0  2228
     2 20635  51.6598 278.5581 0007992  34.1795 325.8714 15.71818104484174
     SPEKTR
     1 23579U 95024A   98334.95973737  .00034343  00000-0  26223-3 0  1866
     2 23579  51.6598 278.5581 0007992  34.1795 325.8714 15.71818104201654
     PRIRODA
     1 23848U 96023A   98334.95973737  .00034343  00000-0  26223-3 0  8682
     2 23848  51.6598 278.5581 0007992  34.1795 325.8714 15.71818104148743
     SOYUZ TM-28
     1 25429U 98047A   98334.95973737  .00034343  00000-0  26223-3 0  1196
     2 25429  51.6598 278.5581 0007992  34.1795 325.8714 15.71818104 17217
     PROGRESS M-40
     1 25512U 98062A   98334.95973737  .00034343  00000-0  26223-3 0   465
     2 25512  51.6598 278.5581 0007992  34.1795 325.8714 15.71818104  5790
     ZARYA
     1 25544U 98067A   98335.46798608  .00019905  00000-0  25273-3 0   645
     2 25544  51.5932 111.1885 0009081 245.3501 114.6559 15.59368254  1763
     SPUTNIK-41
     1 25533U 98062C   98334.92749116  .00231919  00000-0  13513-2 0   226
     2 25533  51.6619 278.3291 0005295  78.3969 281.8904 15.77197853  3089




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