The following appeared on sci.space.news, and, as it seemed that two of the items might be of interest to SEESAT folk, I submit them here. Newsgroups: sci.space.news Subject: Novosti Kosmonavtiki No. 26 Date: 17 Apr 1996 07:09:45 -0700 The attached is the summary of Novosti Kosmonavtiki No.26 which I submit for dissemination through sci.space.news. Yours, Igor Lissov Deputy Chief Editor - Novosti Kosmonavtiki VideoCosmos Co. Novosti Kosmonavtiki -- Vol.5 No.26 Dec 17-31 1995 ==================================================== (The following is a summary of the next-in-turn NK issue. The summary was sent to the sci.space.news newsgroup and to the Friends and Partners in Space list - email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.[)] [much snippage] - Kosmos 2326 was launched on 20-Dec-1995 by the 100th 11K69 'Tsiklon-2' vehicle. The satellite is a part of naval reconnaisance system and now three satellites including 2293 and 2313 work in one orbital plane. 2326 also carries 'Konus-A' secondary science payload made in the A.F.Ioffe Physics and Technology Institute in St.Petersburg. ITAR-TASS reported that some of 'Gektor' military observation satellites also carried additional scientific payloads in 1969-1978. (BTW, this is really the 100th orbital launch of 11K69 and all of these were indeed successful. Of two reported failures, one occured with 11K67 'Tsiklon-2A' launcher which is considered as different vehicle and another one 'failure' appeared to be result of misunderstanding.) [snip] - Maxim Tarasenko reports on state of US and Russian military observation satellites. Kosmos 2305 was deorbited on 18-Dec-1995 ar 22:57 UTC and re-entered over South Pacific after 354 days of operations. Only Kosmos 2320 electro-optical reconnaisance bird serves now the Russian military. The U.S. operate three reconsats whose data are as follows: USA-33 USA-86 USA-116 1988-099A 1992-083A 1995-066A 06.11.88 28.11.92 06.12.95 i 97.82 97.85 97.87 Hp 281 287 270 Ha 1002 1021 980 P 97.56 97.44 96.88 AoP 334 90 111 RAAN 59 110 108 [more/mas/bol'she] === Novosti Kosmonavtiki === is a bi-weekly Russian-language newsletter of VideoCosmos Co. in Moscow. It can be contacted by fax at 7-095-282-63-66 or by e-mail at email@example.com.