RE: Reentry of 14052B / 40142

From: Ted Molczan via Seesat-l <>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 15:01:03 -0500
I just noticed that two minutes before issuing the 14052B decay notice, USSTRATCOM also issued a historical decay notice
for Cosmos 2097 (1990-076A / 20767), stating its date of decay as 2014 Dec 28.

Not only did both objects decay on the same date, they started life in highly elliptical orbits; 14052B in GTO and
90076A in Molniya. Both had ultra-low perigee heights during their final months in orbit. The TLEs of both had not been
updated for more than a week when they decayed.

I am not aware of any sightings of the 90076A decay. It does not correlate with the slow-moving fireball seen from
Puerto Rico that day.

Ted Molczan

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