RE: Official TLEs of Helios and Essaim satellites no longer available

From: Ted Molczan (ssl3molcz@rogers.com)
Date: Mon Dec 21 2009 - 14:46:28 UTC

  • Next message: Ted Molczan: "RE: Official TLEs of Helios and Essaim satellites no longer available"

    Allen Thomson wrote:
    
    > > USSTRATCOM ceased issuing 2-line
    > > elements of France's Helios and Essaim
    > > satellites after 2009 Dec 08 UTC (day 342):
    > 
    > This cessation may have been adumbrated in 2007:
    > 
    > http://www.space.com/news/060707_graves_web.html
    > 
    > French Say 'Non' to U.S. Disclosure of Secret Satellites
    > By PETER B. de SELDING
    > Space News Staff Writer
    > posted: 08 June 2007
    > 09:58 am ET
    > 
    > BROYE-LES-PESMES, France - A French space-surveillance radar 
    > has detected 20-30 satellites in low Earth orbit that do not 
    > figure in the U.S. Defense Department's published catalogue, 
    > a discovery that French officials say they will use to 
    > pressure U.S. authorities to stop publishing the whereabouts 
    > of French reconnaissance and military communications satellites.
    > 
    > After 16 months of operations of their Graves radar system, 
    > which can locate satellites in orbits up to 1,000 kilometers 
    > in altitude and even higher in certain cases, the French 
    > Defense Ministry says it has gathered just about enough 
    > information to negotiate an agreement with the United States.
    > 
    > [snip]
    
    Yup: http://satobs.org/seesat/Jun-2007/0057.html
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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