Re: Koronas-F launched

From: Igor Lissov (i-cosmos@mtu-net.ru)
Date: Tue Jul 31 2001 - 10:59:49 PDT

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    Ed,
    
    > OIG has been issuing TLEs for ...
    > 26873 (01-032A}  CORONAS-F,
    > 26874 (01-032B)  SL-14 R/B,
    > 26875 (01-032C}  SL-14 deb, and,
    > 26876 (01-032D}  SL-14 deb
    >
    > Is Koronas-F of similar size as Koronas 1 (23019 = 94-014A)?  We observed
    > the latter object several times from 1995 to 1998 at apparent magnitudes
    > ranging from 2 to 6.
    
    I believe the two spacecraft share the same bus (specifically, AUOS-SM-KI).
    The spacecraft should be spin-stabilized with Sun-pointed axis.
    
    > Is the new "SL-14" R/B (26874 = 01-032B) similar to the old Koronas 1 R/B
    > (23020 = 94-014B) which we've seen from 1996 to as recently as 08 July
    2001
    > at apparent magnitudes ranging from 3 to 6 ?
    
    The rocket bodies are identical as the same type of launch vehicle
    was used.
    
    Well, as said before, the correct name for the 1994 spacecraft
    was Koronas-I (it is letter I but not digit 1, and even not Roman number I).
    
    Igor Lissov
    
    
    
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