Re: USA-32 et al.

VideoCosmos (
Sun, 18 May 1997 22:00:42 +0400 (MSD)

Hi everybody,

I would like to thank Mr. Clark for the details on
USA-32/45/81 missions. Maybe someone would like to
comment a possibility that these birds had a
communications task?

>Also, USA-32 and USA-81 are thought to be ELINTs. It is
>interesting however that they occupy essentially the same
>orbit (800 km, 101.8 min) as Russian LEO 'store-dump' comsats
>"of special designation" launched by SL-8 Kosmos-3M, with the
>only exception that the Russian satellites use 74 deg orbit and
>the U.S. ones 85 deg. Similiarity in orbits can point to
>similiarity in tasks, can't it?

Igor Lissov