Re: Iridium 38 status

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Fri Jun 11 2004 - 03:47:48 EDT

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    James Sebolt reported a no-flare failure from Iridium 38.  
    I had one of those last October (predicted -8, saw nothing).  
    Rod Sladen reported last September that it appeared that 
    Iridium 38 (97-069E, 25043) was replaced by Iridium 82 
    (98-051A, 25467):
    In the mccants.tle file, Iridium 38 is flagged with a "?".  
    With Mike McCants' iridium.tle file he distributes a small 
    status file, iridium.txt, that also has Iridium 38 flagged.  
    But Iridflar doesn't "know" that, so this is one of a very 
    few that Iridflar gives flare predictions for that is in 
    fact unreliable.  I haven't checked to
    see if it gives predictions or not for Iridium 38.
    I hope Rod is still watching the Iridium constellation 
    status, because his Iridium page is a great resource:
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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