Re: Flares, flashes, and Cosmos 2359

Phillip Clark (
Mon, 24 May 1999 11:15:22 +0100 (BST)

On 24 May 1999, Ed Cannon wrote:
> Cosmos 2359 (25376, 98-39A) is making bright, fast evening passes over 
> Central Texas this week, with its height above the surface being 240-250 
> km.  I don't find it on Alan Pickup's decay list, but I'm wondering how
> much longer it can last!

My guess is that it will be down in June-July.  These Nemen fifth
generation satellites have remained in orbit for longer, but ~1 year seems
to be the norm in recent years.  Plus the Russians have a "Cosmos"  launch
scheduled aboard a Soyuz-U launcher from Baikonor in July, and my guess is
that this will be a replacement for C2359. 

Phillip Clark

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