Re: Cosmos 2347 maneuvering

Alan Pickup (alan@wingar.demon.co.uk)
Tue, 1 Sep 1998 20:46:00 +0100

In reference to the orbit of Cosmos 2347, Ed Cannon
<ecannon@mail.utexas.edu> writes
>Not large (?), but the mean motion decreases and drag decreases in 
>each set (reverse chronological order):
>COSMOS 2347
>1 25088U 97079A   98243.83586522 -.00038328  00000-0 -62726-3 0  3750
>2 25088  65.0246  44.7269 0014141 292.6783  67.2494 15.52031245 41216
>COSMOS 2347
>1 25088U 97079A   98243.32038324 -.00003625  00000-0 -54582-4 0  3749
>2 25088  65.0243  46.4715 0013816 293.1412  66.8276 15.52101092 41133
>...

Cosmos 2347 has been manoeuvring in this way, slightly but almost
continuously, ever since it was launched last December 9. According to
Jonathan's Space Report No 344, it is a "US-P class naval electronic
intelligence satellite". It is also one of the more interesting (and
brightest) objects in my select.tle elset file.

Alan
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