RE: NROL-34 search elements

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Fri Apr 15 2011 - 12:23:06 UTC

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    USSTRATCOM catalogued a single object from the NROL-34 launch overnight: USA 229 / 2011-014A / 37386. That the Centaur
    was not catalogued is consistent with its having been de-orbited within one rev of launch.
    No doubt, the second NOSS payload is also in orbit, but as with all four past NOSS 3 launches, at least several days
    will pass before it is catalogued, and then only as debris of USA 229, even though its brightness is the same as USA
    229, and it manoeuvres to keep station with it.
    Ted Molczan
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