Looks like there was a problem with Meridian 2 launch

From: Kevin Fetter (kfetter@yahoo.com)
Date: Sat May 23 2009 - 05:25:38 UTC

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    At
    
    http://russianforces.org/blog/2009/05/launch_of_the_second_meridian.shtml
    
    It says
    
    Although the Space Forces reported today's launch a success, the initial orbit of the satellite is lower than the one of the Meridian-1 satellite, which has the apogee of about 39000 km and perigee of about 1270 km. Accordingly, the orbital period is less that it is required to maintain a stable semisynchronous orbit. This appears to be a result of a malfunction of the third stage, which was cut off prematurely. At this point it is not clear how this will affect operations of the satellite.
    
    I thought the perigee was to low, when I looked at the orbital data.
    
    Kevin
    
    
    
    
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