Sun, 3 Aug 1997 04:56:56 -0400 (EDT)

This is an excerpt of the news that I've been sending to those that 
request it.  I was particularly surprised to see that sync sats are 
being left to pollute that very narrow orbit band.  Can't the 
international community force them to keep that area clear?
How long until one of those dead sats collides and destroys some working 
sync sat?

     The results of the monetary squeeze are apparent even in the
     secretive military Russian space program. In May, the Russians
     successfully launched a photo-reconnaissance satellite. Until that
     launching, the Russians had not had one in orbit for almost eight
     months, the longest gap since 1962.
     In the civilian realm, the Russians have stopped maneuvering their
     communication satellites out of geosynchronous orbits as they near
     the end of their useful life, a standard practice to reduce the
     problem of space junk. Now they push the satellites to the limit
     and allow them to die in orbit.

Jay Respler
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