RE: USSPACECOM Nr: 33272

From: Ted Molczan (ssl3molcz@rogers.com)
Date: Tue Jul 29 2008 - 18:07:27 UTC

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    John Locker wrote:
    
    > I have a pass of this  low flyer tonight.......weather not 
    > looking good , but if the sky clears what do we know about 
    > this spacecraft???
    > 
    > USSPACECOM Nr: 33272            International Designator: 2008-037A
    > Orbit:         203 x 739.5 km, 94min    Inclination: 98.3
    
    This is the first launch of new Russian IMINT satellite. Its 98.3 deg
    inclination suggests that the orbit is intended to be sun-synchronous; however,
    its initial mean altitude is too low to be sun-synch at 98.3 deg. Circularizing
    the orbit at nearly the present apogee would result in a sun-synch orbit;
    therefore, I expect it to manoeuvre in the near future.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
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