The following five satellites/object numbers have been deleted:
SATELLITE NORAD CAT ID REASON
BY70-1 41909 Deorbit 2-18-2017
OBJECT 41930 41930 Not Amateur Sat-ISS Launch
EGG 41933 Not Amateur Sat-ISS Launch
OBJECT 41934 41934 Not Amateur Sat-ISS Launch
TuPOD 41936 41936 Batteries Dead-ISS Launch
Thanks to Nico Janssen for his work in predicting BY70-1's deorbit.
As noted last week, Nayif-1 was launched with 103 other satellites
on 2-15-2017. The cloud of satellites is beginning to spread and
Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, has developed a TLE set that many on AMSAT-BB
say is very accurate. I have included it in this week's distribution.
Thanks again to a very busy Nico for his excellent work.
Note that SpaceTrack has not assigned a NORAD CAT ID as yet. Thus
I am using Nico's Cat ID of 60000. So you will find Nayif-1 at the
very end of the TLE list.
Keith Pugh, W5IU, suggested that I include Nayif-1 in the regular
distribution so those using apps like PocketSat would be able to
track it. Good idea Keith. (I have PocketSat myself!)
Nayif-1 was successfully launched by the Indian Space Agency ISRO from the
Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh at 03:58 UT on
Wednesday, February 15, 2017. One hundred and three (103) other satellites
were also launched at the same time. (Thanks to AMSAT-UK for info.) Nayif-1
has a full FUNcube payload.
With this "cloud" of new satellites in relatively close proximity to each
other, it will be a while before "who is who" is sorted out. Also no NORAD
CAT ID has been assigned at this time also because of the proximity and the
large number of objects.
New post-launch set of Nayif-1 TLE's has been issued by the launch authority
and it can be downloaded from http://amsat-nl.org/download/NAYIF_TLE.txt .
(Thanks to Trevor M5AKA)
Please see AMSAT NEWS service bulletin 043 for more info at
Also see AMSAT-UK website for additional details at http://amsat-uk.org/
If you aren't using AMSAT-BB, you are missing a lot of real time
Go to http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo to sign up.
Nayif-1 is scheduled for launch on an Indian PSLV launch vehicle on February
See AMSAT News Service Bulletin 043 per below for details and pre-launch
Orbital Elements Manager