98-009A / Cosmos 2349, Lacrosse 3 R

Alexander Seidel (ase@mail.stelljes.de)
Thu, 05 Mar 1998 20:21:05 +0100

A few minutes ago, at UTC 18:48, I observed Cosmos 2349 (98-009 A,
#25167) passing southbound, az 238 deg / alt 64 deg / height 279 km at
culmination point, as observed from my site, mag +1.5 steady with
slightly reddish colour, on time to within a few seconds with the latest
elsets from Alan Pickup (select.tle). What kind of satellite is this
with an inclination of 70.4 deg? Very probably a military one, but is
anything more known about this class so far?

At UTC 18:19 I saw the Lacrosse 3 Rocket (97-064 B, #25018), making a
southbound pass, culminating at az 18 deg, alt 67 deg. It was slowly
tumbling from mag +1.0 down to about mag +2.5 at p = 25 sec (+/- 1
sec).  
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