Re: Satellites

Tristan Cools (
Thu, 17 Apr 1997 23:53:40 +0200 (MET DST)

>On Thu, 17 Apr 1997 wrote:
>> On Wed, 16 Apr 1997 23:50:22 -0400 (EDT), you wrote:
>> >> YES, I remember that one and I think(not sure about the
identification) that
>> >Your id is correct.  SATELLITE SITUATION REPORT shows SL-4 R/B decay 1/24.
>> >
>> >> it was an A2 Soyuz booster from Kosmos 2055 which reentered the atmosphere
>> >> on Jan 24, 1990.  In fact I remember that CNN showed some pictures of the
>> >> booster reentering the atmosphere.  Some people were thinking it was a
>> >> attack.
>Surely the Guld War was in January 1991 and the rocket body which was 
>thought to be a Scud attach was the Tsyklon-M second stage 
>(1991-005B/21066) from the Cosmos 2122 EORSAT launch on January 18 that 
>year ?   Re-entry in the RAE Table of Earth Satellites shows it as Jan 
>18.93 (Tsyklon-M second stages from EORSAT launches are in orbit for less 
>than a day because of their low perigees), which means that it would be 
>visible at night-time.
>Phillip Clark

Sorry about my identification but I think Phillip is right.  My memory was
telling me it was a Tsyklon rocket but looking at the date of possible
reentry I thought it was Jan 24, 1990 with the reentry of Kosmos 2055
rocket.(and indeed the Gulf War began on Jan 1991 !)

But I have seen this reentry on TV and somewhere I even have a videotape of it.


Tristan Cools
BWGS member(Belgian Working Group Satellites)

Damse Vaart:    3.2478E/51.2277N 3.75m
Rijckevelde:    3.2856E/51.2045N 6.25m
Brugge     :    3.2166E/51.2104N 5m