Milstar TLE's

Bruno Tilgner (
Tue, 4 Feb 1997 17:53:54 -0500

One of the easiest-to-observe geostationary satellites must be MILSTAR DFS 2
because of its huge size of about 50 m. This is surely an ELINT satellite
for eavesdropping on wireless communications all over the eastern hemisphere.

The TLE's in Ted Molczan's file for this satellite are from 18 July 1996
(96200). Whilst this age is probably not a serious problem for geosats,
I wonder whether there are not more recent observations.

Bruno Tilgner
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