Re: What is it?

Bjoern Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Sat, 3 May 1997 21:14:10 +0200

alphonse.pouplier@skynet.be (Alphonse POUPLIER) wrote:
>This morning mai 3 1997 at 02:58 UT,
>I was admiring the starry sky of Esparron
>(aux coord. hereunder) when I saw a sat almost as bright as Mir.
>He passed near Vega and I estimate its magn. 1.5
>I could immediately identify it as beeing Cosmos 2326    1 23748U 95071A
>Who can tell me what does that sat which seems to not be a rocket?

This is the oldest still active EORSAT - a Russian Electronic Ocean 
Reconnaisance SATellite. For many years, a constellation of two or
three have been operating, maintaining their relative positions of
30 minutes difference (though usually in two separate orbital planes)
to about 10 seconds precision. The latest one, #24670, is passing
30 minutes before #23748.

The one before that, #23596, has been lowered from its 15.52 MM
orbit and will decay within about two months. At perigee it will
be even brighter than its brothers.

Ted Molczan lists them as 6.0 m "spheres".

You can read more on my http://www.algonet.se/~b_gimle/eorsat.htm page.

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