Re: Ofeq 3 boosted

Phillip Clark (
Mon, 30 Mar 1998 00:58:49 +0100 (BST)

The news about the Ofeq 3 boosts is fascinating and shows that you should 
never give up on an old satellite !

Following the launch in 1995 I asked IAI about the satellite and in a fax 
dated April 11th 1995 I was told "The final orbit will probably be a 
circular 500 km, although this has not yet been finally decided."   I 
published this information in a few places (my own Worldwide Satellite 
Launches plus Jane's Intelligence Review, for example) but with no 
manoeivres within a few months of launch  I had assumed that the 
manoeuvre would not take place.   Now, three years later it has !

I wonder what role Offeq 4 was to play in the Offeq 3 programme ?   Of 
course, we do not have a planned orbit for this launch failure.

Phillip Clark

Phillip S Clark                                       25 Redfern Avenue
Molniya Space Consultancy                             Whitton
Compiler/Publisher, Worldwide Satellite Launches      Middx   TW4 5NA

Specialist in "space archeology" - the older and more obscure the more 
interesting it is !