Tuesday, February 19, 2013

OSCAR 7 close approach with orbital debris today

According to orbital predictions from United States Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) the OSCAR 7 amateur radio satellite is heading for a close call with orbital space debris on Monday, February 18 at 22:06 UTC.  

Please post your AO-7 reception reports after this event via amsat-bb@amsat.org and also via the Live OSCAR Satellite Status Page at: http://oscar.dcarr.org/

The near-miss is predicted with the following parameters:
Primary Object: OSCAR 7 (SCC# 7530)
Secondary Object: SCC# 18116
Time of Closest Approach: 18 FEB 2013 22:06 UTC
Overall miss distance: 57 meters
Radial (dU) miss distance: 25 meters
In-Track (dV) miss distance: -25 meters
Cross-track (dW) miss distance: 46 meters
Primary Radial Error (U): 11 meters
Primary In-Track Error (U): 57 meters
Primary Cross-track Error (U): 6 meters
Secondary Radial Error (U): 12 meters
Secondary In-Track Error (U): 55 meters
Secondary Cross-Track Error (U): 11 meters

(Source: Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA and United States Joint Space Operations Center via Southgate Amateur Radio News)

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