FW: Cosmos 2344 Manoeuvres

Jeff Hunt (jhunt@eagle1.eaglenet.com)
Sun, 22 Jun 97 10:10:32

--- On Sun, 22 Jun 1997 09:31:45 -0400  Phillip Clark <psclark@dircon.co.uk> 
wrote on *FPSpace*:

>I assume that this news will be of limited interest since most
>observers of the Russian/CIS space programme are interested in the
>piloted programmes and lunar/planetary missions, but ........
>The mystery Cosmos 2344 satellite, launched on June 6th, has performed
>its first orbital manoeuvre.   Of course the Block DM-5 fourth stage
>performed extensive manoeuvres to get the satellite into its
>1,509-2,748 km orbit, but this is the first indication that the
>satellite itself has a manoeuvre capability.
>Using SATRAK's COMBO module, the manoeuvre took place on June 18 at
>16.32 GMT when the satellite was close to perigee and located over
>29.6 deg S, 3.1 deg E at an altitude of 1,526 km.   The manoeuvre
>simply reduced the apogee altitude by 36 km to 2,712 km and amounted
>to around 6 m/s.
>It will be interesting to see whether this was just the first of what
>could be a series of small "routine" manoeuvres or a propulsion system
>test before a larger manoeuvre takes place.
>Phillip Clark
I've included the latest elements I could find (epoch June 19, 18:39 UTC) 
found on TS Kelso's site.  OIG still seems to be down.

Cosmos 2344
1 24827U 97028A   97170.77721610  .00000000  00000-0  10000-3 0   214
2 24827  63.4136 172.7314 0708481 336.0328  20.9407 11.10023596  1490

Jeff Hunt [jhunt@eagle1.eaglenet.com]