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I received this info below.
Arthur N1ORC - LETS ACT NOW111111111
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URGENT: YOUR ACTION REQUIRED NOW

CelesTrak held extended discussions again with Air Force Space Command
(AFSPC) Wednesday afternoon to continue to work to develop a solution to
address the unexpected failure of the NASA OIG web site on February 4.
CelesTrak offered several ways that we could help both NASA and AFSPC
fulfill their promise to this community to provide data for a 90-day
transition period, but these offers were all declined. As a result, it looks
like there will be little or no new TLE data out of either OIG or CelesTrak.

I know that many of you have looked to CelesTrak to work these issues on
your behalf over the past year and we have done everything we can to meet
your expectations. However, as a result, AFSPC does not believe there is a
problem because they have only heard CelesTrak complaining. You are one of
1,488 users who have registered for these updates, but that is only about 5%
of the over 27,000 active CelesTrak users.

If you are concerned about this outcome, you need to do one of two things:

        1. Register for a Space Track account today at
http://www.space-track.org (only 4,000 users have done so to date) and use
the application provided at
http://celestrak.com/SpaceTrack/TLERetrieverHelp.asp to automatically
download and convert Space Track data into CelesTrak data sets to help you
with the transition. This will ensure you get the very latest data in the
formats you are currently accustomed to.

        2. Reply to ALL on this message to send an e-mail message to
admin@space-track.org (AFSPC specified this address) telling them why it is
important to you that CelesTrak be allowed to continue disseminating data
throughout the remainder of the 90-day transition period. You will need to
explain specifically how your operations will be impacted by the premature
end of the transition period, not just that you prefer CelesTrak.

If AFSPC receives only a few complaints, then all users will have little
choice but to take Action 1 as soon as possible. However, if they receive a
significant response from the tens of thousands of CelesTrak users, there is
still hope that we may be able to continue toward an orderly transition date
of April 1. The choice is up to you now. Please be sure to forward this
message to as many other TLE users as you can.  - TS

Dr. T.S. Kelso
CelesTrak WWW, http://celestrak.com
E-Mail: TS.Kelso@celestrak.com
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