[amsat-bb] TLE's for new satellites

Bob Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Thu Jan 27 09:06:09 PST 2011


I feel dumb asking this,
1) Because we see these questions everyday here and I ignore them all
2) I assume they just have not looked on celestrack

But now I went to get TLE's for the recent launches and I'm getting nothing.
AMSAT web pages have nothing on them.  CELESTRAK has nothing.  Or I can't
find them.

I've spent 2 days getting ready for a student lab searching for individual
pages (if you can find them).  But it seems to be extraordinary that people
with satellite pages:  Never put the object number RIGHT UP FRONT once they
are launched.  Some (FAST-1 and FAST2) list TLE's with object numbers in the
90xxx range which I assumed were just pre-launch predictions.  Then I have
to cut and paste and fight all the checksum problems.

For decades, I have always just gone to CELESTRAK and everything was there.
Clearly I'm having a brain freeze.

STK even has no satellites in its database above 36xxx.

What happened while I was asleep?


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