Ekspress and Inmarsat III F2 launches

Ron Lee (scubalee@pcisys.net)
Wed, 2 Oct 1996 21:38:28 -0600 (MDT)

The following were foung on Mike McCants home page

1 24435U 96058A   96274.16643666 -.00000155  00000-0  00000+0 0   107
2 24435   0.2067 294.4010 0010079 193.4458  28.3426  0.99935892    38
1 24436U 96058B   96273.42259432 +.09269389 +12720-4 +11511-3 0 00169
2 24436 051.6361 268.0057 0007631 300.3536 059.6839 16.49186939000442
1 24437U 96058C   96271.59175814  .11989159  00000-0  31401-3 0   102
2 24437  51.5916 278.3100 0012610 117.7657 242.5353 16.44647607   148
1 24438U 96058D   96271.42903887 -.00000244 +00000-0 +00000-0 0 00021
2 24438 000.2950 290.3227 0008812 316.7620 004.5723 01.00168228000007
1 24454U 96058E   96274.32277238  .00000454  00000-0  46345-3 0    33
2 24454  47.6138 281.8432 7264426   0.9288 359.9132  2.26877113    72

These are from the Ekspress launch from Baykonur (spelling) which
is where the Inmarsat was also recently launched from.

Note that #24438 is in geosych orbit.  Based on Jonathan McDowell's
email, and assuming the same launch vehicle as the Inmarsat, I suspect
that it is the Blok rocket.   It (inmarsat rkt) has yet to be show up in the
elements I have seen.  Also, #24454 is in a expected transfer orbit,
although I wonder why the nmbers are not sequential.  You would expect 
the transfer rkt to be discarded before an apogee circularization
rocket.

Ron Lee