RE: Cryosat Launch

From: Paul Henney (
Date: Sat Oct 08 2005 - 14:49:51 EDT

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    Reports say Cryosat has failed to reach orbit. Suggestions of a fairing
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Gerhard HOLTKAMP [] 
    Sent: 07 October 2005 22:47
    Subject: Cryosat Launch
    The European Cryosat satellite (with a mission to investigate the global ice
    coverage in unprecedented detail) is scheduled for launch with a Rockot 
    booster from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on 8-OCT-05 at 15:02 UTC. The planned 
    orbit of 717.242 km altitude and 92.00 inclination will in the beginning 
    closely follow the terminator and lead to a morning and evening visibility 
    for much of the globe. Easter parts of Europe should be able to observe 
    Cryosat at the end of its very first revolution, the rest of Europe follows 
    one orbit later (and the rest of the world correspondingly).
    Here is a crude set of TLE's which might help in searching. Expect them to
    wrong by a minute or two!
    1 99999  05000A   05281.62638889 -0.0000000  00000-0  00000-0 0     1
    2 99999  92.0000 287.2285 0000000  72.5093 338.2256 14.51627195     1
    With an unfavorable phase angle I would expect Cryosat to be in the mag 7 
    category but this can be totally wrong. I guess we'll have to try watching.
    Gerhard HOLTKAMP
    Darmstadt, Germany
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