NORAD has found AO-40 to be in one piece.

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    From ANS...

    The radar cross section was as expected with no other pieces found nearby. This should end speculation of an explosion as NORAD found only one object with a radar cross section that was consistent with a satellite the size of AO-40.

    The command station team is continuing recovery operations.

    AMSAT-NA's N2WWD provided ANS the following preliminary Keplerian elements based on a single radar pass. More accurate orbital elements should follow from NORAD in the near future -- following a second radar pass that should provide time and geometric distribution of the tracking data.


    1 26609U 00072B 00352.42798611 .00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 115

    2 26609 6.3033 237.3129 8126708 194.7923 102.4478 1.27093349 581

    Satellite: AO-40

    Catalog number: 26609

    Epoch time: 00352.42798611

    Element set: 11

    Inclination: 6.3033 deg

    RA of node: 237.3129 deg

    Eccentricity: 0.8126708

    Arg of perigee: 194.7923 deg

    Mean anomaly: 102.4478 deg

    Mean motion: 1.27093349 rev/day

    Decay rate: 0.00000e+00 rev/day^2

    Epoch rev: 58

    Checksum: 266
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