Re: USSPACECOM Nr: 33272

From: Brian Weeden (brian.weeden@gmail.com)
Date: Tue Jul 29 2008 - 18:11:57 UTC

  • Next message: John Locker: "Re: USSPACECOM Nr: 33272"

    More info on this satellite:
    
    http://russianforces.org/blog/2008/07/launch_of_cosmos-2441_-_first.shtml
    
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    Brian
    
    On Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 2:07 PM, Ted Molczan <ssl3molcz@rogers.com> wrote:
    >
    > 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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