Re: USSPACECOM Nr: 33272

From: John Locker (john@satcom.freeserve.co.uk)
Date: Tue Jul 29 2008 - 18:40:56 UTC

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    Thanks  to Ted and Brian for the info.
    If this is "similar" to the Arkon series then it will present an interesting
    visual target........albeit a rather fast moving one !
    At best it will be just 225 km  downrange.....now thats what I call close !
    
    
    
    John
    
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    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Brian Weeden" <brian.weeden@gmail.com>
    To: "Ted Molczan" <ssl3molcz@rogers.com>
    Cc: <seesat-l@satobs.org>
    Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 7:11 PM
    Subject: Re: USSPACECOM Nr: 33272
    
    
    More info on this satellite:
    
    http://russianforces.org/blog/2008/07/launch_of_cosmos-2441_-_first.shtml
    
    ----
    Brian
    
    On Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 2:07 PM, Ted Molczan <ssl3molcz@rogers.com> wrote:
    >
    > John Locker wrote:
    >
    > > I have a pass of this  low flyer tonight.......weather not
    > > looking good , but if the sky clears what do we know about
    > > this spacecraft???
    > >
    > > USSPACECOM Nr: 33272            International Designator: 2008-037A
    > > Orbit:         203 x 739.5 km, 94min    Inclination: 98.3
    >
    > This is the first launch of new Russian IMINT satellite. Its 98.3 deg
    > inclination suggests that the orbit is intended to be sun-synchronous;
    > however,
    > its initial mean altitude is too low to be sun-synch at 98.3 deg.
    > Circularizing
    > the orbit at nearly the present apogee would result in a sun-synch orbit;
    > therefore, I expect it to manoeuvre in the near future.
    >
    > Ted Molczan
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