RE: russian military satellite launched

From: Ted Molczan (seesat@rogers.com)
Date: Wed May 03 2006 - 21:21:27 EDT

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    Kevin Fetter wrote:
    
    > Russia has placed a satellite into orbit. It would be Cosmos 
    > 2420 that was sent into orbit, using a soyuz rocket.
    
    It is object 29111 / 06017A, and its mission appears to be IMINT (imaging
    intelligence). Orbit is 67.1 deg, 167 X 337 km, typically used by Kobalt IMINT
    sats, which remained in orbit for 120 d.
    
    The previous Kobalt launch, Cosmos 2410 (28396 / 04038A) reportedly was an
    improved version, with a longer mission duration, but it returned after only 107
    d. For more information, please see:
    
    http://www.planet4589.org/space/jsr/back/news.544
    
    http://www.globalsecurity.org/org/news/2005/050215-missing-satellite.htm
    
    http://space.skyrocket.de/index_frame.htm?http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/yan
    tar-4k2m.htm
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
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