High Spy (was Re: Unknown - Pageos balloon fragments)

B Magnus B{ckstr|m (b@eta.chalmers.se)
Wed, 12 May 1999 09:20:45 +0200 (MET DST)

On Tue, 11 May 1999, Jim Hale wrote:
> 
> Any suggestions of other objects in HIGH, near polar orbits?
> 

Cosmos 2344!  It is in a 1490 x 2750 km orbit inclined at 63.4 degrees.
It is rumored to be a large (c. 20 ton) optical recon satellite.
Dim, but usually one-power visible at ranges of about 2400 km (which is
what I get on high passes at my latitude) -- a beautiful slow wanderer.

The orbit is a somewhat unusual 1-day groundtrack-repeater, which
means that from the observer's point of view, the satellite retraces
nearly exactly the same az/el tracks across the sky day after day.

(This is a two weeks old elset -- OIG is down at the moment)
Cosmos 2344     
1 24827U 97028A   99120.11677485 -.00000045 +00000-0 +00000-0 0 03296
2 24827 063.3984 131.3126 0739272 339.5213 017.7433 11.07950299076710


    Magnus

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B Magnus Backstrom <b@eta.chalmers.se>
Gothenburg, Sweden: 57.667N, 11.917E.