re: KH 11-8, USA 86, 116

John Pike (johnpike@fas.org)
Tue, 04 Jun 1996 16:28:52 -0400

>Does IMINT mean IMaging INTelligence spacecraft? 

How did you guess?????
 
>This table is drawn in significant part from Mike McCants' QSMG9604.ZIP 
>and Rainer Kracht's message, SeeSat-L #1220, both available from the 
>SeeSat-L archive: 
> 
>		      preferred 
>		      vulgar 
>		      name			 McCants   Eberst  std 
>cat #  cospar	 USA  KH	 status 	 abs mag    Kracht  mag   ld 
>15423  84-122 A    6  11-6	 out of orbit	 3.	   4.09 +/- .06  339 
>18441  87- 90 A   27  11-7	 out of orbit??  ??	   4.20 +/- .16  299 

Yeah, this one is definitely down.

>19625  88- 99 A   33  11-8	 in orbit	 3.	   3.98 +/- .07  311 

>22251  92- 83 A   86  11-9	 ??		 ??	   5.05 +/- .10  333 
>		      or 12-1?? 

I would certainly designate this one as a "KH-12" although Jeff Richelson
insists on good authority that such a designation is in fact not used. But
it is pretty clear that these are entirely different spacecraft than the
KH-11, and so I think that they should be designated just about anything
*OTHER* than KH-11, just to keep things clear, and since my software sorts
alphanumerically, I keep on calling them KH-12 for lack of a better term.

>23728  95- 66 A  116  11-10,	 ??		 ??	   ??		 339 
>		      12-1 
>		      or 12-2?? 

Ditto for this one.

>These are the only KH elsets in Ted Molczan's file last week: 
>KH 9-17 ELINT	

>How can an ELINT be a KH??  Are we talking CCD here? 

These are small ELINT subsatellites launched along with the primary KH-9
IMINT bird.


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