Russian six-pack comsats in wrong orbit

Allen Thomson (thomsona@netcom.com)
Wed, 17 Jun 1998 12:22:17 -0700 (PDT)

 MOSCOW, June 17 (AFP) - Six military communications satellites
launched by the Russian defence ministry are operational despite
being put into the wrong orbit, the news agency Interfax reported
Wednesday.
   The six Kosmos-type satellites were launched early Tuesday into
an elliptical orbit 1,900 kilometres (1,180 miles) long and 1,300
kilometres (805 miles) wide, whereas they should be travelling in a
circle 1,400 kilometres (870 miles) across, military sources quoted
by Interfax said.
   The source said the satellites were operational but would need
reprogramming.