Satellites over Kosovo

Igor Lissov (i-cosmos@mtu-net.ru)
Thu, 15 Apr 1999 13:58:25 +0400

Hi everybody,

On April 13th Russian newspaper Vremya-MN published an article
titled 'In Space Over Kosovo, Satellites Gathering' by Vladimir
Maksimovskiy.

Citing specialists from the Russian satellite control center at
Golitsyno-2 near Moscow, in particular chief of a laboratory 
Leonid Doda, Maksimovskiy writes that
'gathering' of U.S. satellites over Jugoslavia began in October
1998. While some other reports in Russian media create
weird impression that the sats were literally hovering above and
waiting for strikes, Maksimovskiy use the seemingly correct word: 
maximum of resources, i.e. maximum number of satellites can 
support actions. In all, he says, 111 satellites can be involved.

Such maximum of resources occured on March 25 (and first 
strike was made one day earlier), repeated itself in pre-dawn 
hours on April 13-15 and would occur once more on April 23 
from 0200 till 0400, presumably local time. It would be interesting 
if one can reconstruct these data based on actual orbits of
the most useful birds.

Sincerely,
Igor Lissov
Novosti Kosmonavtiki
Moscow, Russia

P.S. The war should be stopped.