RE: more japan spy sat's

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Sat Jul 05 2003 - 07:03:41 EDT

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    Regarding the next IGS launch, Björn Gimle wrote:
    > Since one of them has radar, the new orbits may be 90 degrees 
    > from ascending nodes of IGS 1. Either descending or ascending 
    > in the morning means excellent visibility throughout 
    > September from my latitude.
    I would not be surprised if they launch the second pair into nearly the same
    plane as USA 161 (01044A / 26934), to enable the optical imager to take
    advantage of late afternoon shadows.
    Ted Molczan
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