Re: Any ideas what this was? (fwd)

Larry Klaes (larryk@ns.village.com)
Wed, 21 Aug 1996 11:37:50 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: Wed, 21 Aug 96 09:02:45 EDT
From: Edward F. Dietz Jr. <efdietz@bga.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list <fpspace@solar.rtd.utk.edu>
Subject: Re: Any ideas what this was?

It was the third stage restart of the Molniya comsat launch.  Details below
are excerpted from Jonathons's Space Report.

Jonathan's Space Report
No. 296                       1996 Aug 19               Cambridge, MA
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Recent Launches
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The Russian Military Space Forces (VKS) launched a Molniya-1T comsat
from 1-y GIK at Plesetsk on Aug 14 into an elliptical 12 hour orbit. The
spacecraft first entered a low parking orbit of 207 x 438 km x 62.8
degrees. The Blok-ML upper stage ignited over South America to raise the
orbit to 450 x 40800 km. The sun angle made the rocket plume widely
visible, causing a flurry of UFO reports in Chile where the
alien-invasion movie Independence Day has just opened.

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Regards, 

Ed Dietz
Austin, TX
efdietz@bga.com