TLEs – International Designator (Piece)

This post is part of a series on understanding the meaning behind the values contained in a Two Line Element set, or Keplerian Elements. The main article is here.

International Designator (Piece)

This is a 3 letter code to designate the individual pieces from a successful launch.
The first code is A, the 26th is Z, the 27th is AA and so forth.

It is quite common to things such as A as a rocket body, B as a nose cone, C as a booster stage and D as one of the actual satellites.

The use of the first 5 digits of the international designator will let you search for all pieces from a particular launch.


99025DJM - FENGYUN 1C DEB (This satellite was destroyed by a Chinese Missile)
The DJM denotes this as the 2977th piece (of the 25th launch in 1999)

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