Re: What could it be

From: Allen Thomson (thomsona@flash.net)
Date: Fri Jul 27 2001 - 10:21:31 PDT

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    > According to space.com
    
    > July 31: International Launch Services Atlas 2AS with a classified
    satellite
    > for the National Reconnaissance Office from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
    
    > Any idea what it could be.
    
    Well, this probably doesn't rise to the level of "idea", but might make it
    as
    a "guess."
    
    There have been rumors over the years that the present US LEO ELINT
    systems, NOSS and the USA-32/81 types, are to be merged into a single
    system, probably more like the latter than the former.  So, unless this is
    the
    always-possible Something Else, I'd look for a payload going into an orbit
    roughly like 19460 or 21949.
    
    Any ILAMs or closure area information available for this launch?
    
    
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