Re: something else from foton cataloged

From: Kevin Fetter (
Date: Wed Sep 26 2007 - 18:45:13 EDT

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    Phil Clark sent me the following
    Three post-recovery pieces of debris are now catalogued from Foton-M3.   I am assuming that C is
    the heavy battery module (~500-750 kg), while D and E with the high apogees are what I refer to as
    the retro-rocket covers, which separated (are blown?!!!) into such orbits at the time of the
    solid-propellant retrorocket firing.
    Such pieces of debris are standard for the recovery of Vostok-class spacecraft - although for
    photoreconnaissance satellites the battery module would be replaced by the in-orbit manoeuvring
    motor, to which were attached a pair of solar panels.
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