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[jamsat-news:1391] AMSAT Special Bulletin
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-353.01
AMSAT SPECIAL BULLETIN
AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 353.01 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, DECEMBER 18, 2000
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
AMSAT-DL and AMSAT-NA forwarded ANS the following AO-40
NORAD has found AO-40 to be in one piece.
The radar cross section was as expected with no other pieces found
nearby. This should end speculation of an explosion as NORAD found only
one object with a radar cross section that was consistent with a satellite
size of AO-40.
The command station team is continuing recovery operations.
AMSAT-NA's N2WWD provided ANS the following preliminary Keplerian
elements based on a single radar pass. More accurate orbital elements
should follow from NORAD in the near future -- following a second radar
pass that should provide time and geometric distribution of the tracking
1 26609U 00072B 00352.42798611 .00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 115
2 26609 6.3033 237.3129 8126708 194.7923 102.4478 1.27093349 581
Catalog number: 26609
Epoch time: 00352.42798611
Element set: 11
Inclination: 6.3033 deg
RA of node: 237.3129 deg
Arg of perigee: 194.7923 deg
Mean anomaly: 102.4478 deg
Mean motion: 1.27093349 rev/day
Decay rate: 0.00000e+00 rev/day^2
Epoch rev: 58
Stay tuned to ANS for additional bulletins from AMSAT, the
official source for information on AMSAT OSCAR-40.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA and AMSAT-DL for this information]
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