In a break from standard practice, U.S. military has removed the links to its tracking data of Phobos-Grunt.


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Could the Russians be right!? In a break from standard practice, U.S. military has removed the links to its tracking data of Phobos-Grunt.

On Jan. 12, the Space Track website originally published information on the estimated re-entry track for Phobos-Grunt, a Russian probe that malfunctioned shortly after its November 2011 launch and was stuck in low-Earth orbit for more than two months.

After routine updates and revised estimates over the course of the next two days, the military removed links to these re-entry predictions and did not publish final confirmation data on the spacecraft’s fall on Jan. 15, according to Aviation Week.

A careful analysis of recent activities by U.S. radar show that it could not have affected Phobos-Grunt. Yet, the U.S. military has now taken actions that not only break with standard procedures, they draw attention to the issue. All very astonishing.

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3 comments

  • Simon Mytton

    I’m getting this when I try accessing this link:-

    Forbidden

    You don’t have permission to access /seesat/Jan-2012/0240.html on this server.

  • James

    That Seesat link seems to work now.

    I don’t know about the TIPS reports but looking at the Spacetrack data for the Phobos Grunt spacecraft shows the last TLE data in the database for object 37872 (11065A) is date/time 12015.69171186 (fifteenth day of 2012, 16 hours UTC, 36 minutes).

  • James Fincannon

    I observe on Space-track.org on 1/24/2012 the TIP report for Object 37872, PHOBOS-GRUNT:
    Report Date/Time 2012-01-15 17:53:00 GMT
    Predicted Decay Time 2012-01-15 17:46:00 GMT +/- 1 Minutes
    Predicted Decay Location 46° S, 273° E
    Final Report

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