re: KH 11-8, USA 86, 116

stu@huston.mdc.com
Tue, 4 Jun 96 13:31:59 PST

Walter Nissen wrote:
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>These are the only KH elsets in Ted Molczan's file last week: 
>KH 9-17 ELINT	 0.3  0.9  0.0	9.0 
>1 13172U 82041	C 96 80.04925749  .00000180  00000-0  30389-4 0    01 
>2 13172  95.9712 280.0823 0004000  68.2280 291.7718 14.69528737    09 
>KH 9-19 ELINT	 0.3  0.9  0.0	9.0 
>1 15071U 84065	C 96 70.08899125  .00000160  00000-0  26244-4 0    03 
>2 15071  95.9040  89.9195 0006000   5.8552 354.1446 14.70791019    01 
>KH 11-8 	15.0  3.0  0.0	4.6 
>1 19625U 88099	A 96133.14429013  .00007300  00000-0  82214-4 0    07 
>2 19625  97.9340 195.7250 0534000 239.4325 120.5673 14.74800988    09 
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>22251 not present 
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>USA 116 	15.0  3.0  0.0	4.6 
>1 23728U 95066	A 96142.99939185  .00000187  00000-0  12433-4 0    09 
>2 23728  97.7611 253.4578 0427330 335.4015  24.5984 14.54455486    07 
> 
>How can an ELINT be a KH??  Are we talking CCD here? 
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> 
>Cheers. 
> 
>Walter Nissen				dk058@cleveland.freenet.edu
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The KH-9/HEXAGON (Big Bird) KH-7/GAMBIT, and KH-4A/4B/CORONA spacecraft 
deployed subsatellites which are presumed to gather ELINT.  These are often 
in relatively high orbits.  Here's a list (I'm not sure about the names):

Intl Des  Cat No  Name                      Launch     Decay Perigee
--------- ------  ---------------------- --------- --------- -------
1964 036B    826  KH  7-09 SUBSATELLITE     7/6/64    1/3/65    156
1964 045B    851  KH  7-10 SUBSATELLITE    8/14/64    3/8/79    272
1967 043B   2780  KH  4A-01 SUBSATELLITE    5/9/67   3/14/93    399
1967 062B   2851  KH  4A-02 SUBSATELLITE   6/16/67  10/22/68    501
1967 109B   3025  KH  4A-44 SUBSATELLITE   11/2/67   3/28/69    454
1968 008B   3114  KH  4A-45 SUBSATELLITE   1/24/68    3/4/70    470
1968 020B   3153  KH  4A-46 SUBSATELLITE   3/14/68    1/3/70    481
1968 052B   3297  KH  4A-47 SUBSATELLITE   6/20/68   1/11/70    435
1968 078B   3409  KH  4A-48 SUBSATELLITE   9/18/68   9/28/69    500
1968 112B   3605  KH  4A-49 SUBSATELLITE  12/12/68             1380
1969 010B   3673  KH  4B-06 SUBSATELLITE    2/5/69             1393
1969 026B   3830  KH  4A-50 SUBSATELLITE   3/19/69   12/6/71    502
1969 041B   3915  KH  4A-51 SUBSATELLITE    5/2/69   2/16/70    407
1969 079B   4103  KH  4A-52 SUBSATELLITE   9/22/69   5/16/71    490
1970 016B   4343  KH  4B-09 SUBSATELLITE    3/4/70  11/10/71    441
1970 098B   4722  KH  4B-12 SUBSATELLITE  11/18/70   9/14/77    493
1971 076B   5469  KH  4B-15 SUBSATELLITE   9/10/71    2/3/76    489
1972 002D   5772  KH  9-02 SUBSATELLITE    1/20/72   4/17/79    474
1972 052C   6096  KH  9-03 SUBSATELLITE     7/7/72    5/6/78    498
1972 079C   6822  KH  9-04 SUBSATELLITE   10/10/72             1420
1973 088D   6938  KH  9-07 SUBSATELLITE   11/10/73             1416
1974 085B   7498  KH  9-09 SUBSATELLITE   10/29/74   1/23/80    521
1975 114B   8468  KH  9-11 SUBSATELLITE    12/4/75    5/1/78    236
1976 065C   9008  KH  9-12 SUBSATELLITE     7/8/76              628
1978 029B  10734  KH  9-14 SUBSATELLITE    3/16/78              639
1979 025B  11306  KH  9-15 SUBSATELLITE    3/16/79              621
1980 052C  11852  KH  9-16 SUBSATELLITE    6/18/80             1331
1982 041C  13172  KH  9-17 SUBSATELLITE    5/11/82              660
1983 060C  14139  KH  9-18 SUBSATELLITE    6/20/83
1984 065C  15071  USA 3 (KH  9-19 SUBSAT)  6/25/84              655

Stu Huston                 
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