Re: Objects from Cosmos 2361 launch

Phillip Clark (
Wed, 30 Sep 1998 10:23:23 +0100 (BST)

On Wed, 30 Sep 1998, Alan Pickup wrote:

> Regarding the payload from the 98- 54 launch, Phillip Clark
> <> writes
> >GSFC logs this as Molniya-1 91.   The argument of perigee (~280 deg) 
> >points to a Molniya launch rather than an Oko early warning satellite 
> >(AoP ~320 deg) in the Cosmos series.
> Yes, and I had it identified initially as "Molniya ?" in my select.tle
> file. Then the draft Jonathan's Space Report logged it as Cosmos 2361
> and the following announcement appeared from WDC-A. Throughout this
> time, GSFC were calling this "UNK". 

I wonder whether Jonathan McDowell was aware of the argment of perigee of 
1998-054A before he called it a "Cosmos".   Historically, none of the 
Cosmos/Oko early warning satellites have had the 280-290 deg AoP, always 
the higher one of 310-320 deg.

Phillip Clark

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