Skipper 1995-072A (23752)

jeff hunt (
Fri, 8 Mar 96 20:21:07 EST

Would anyone have any information on what happened to the planned 
performance of this sub-satellite launched by the CIS to provide an 
(infrared?) signature of a reentry vehicle skipping the upper atmosphere 
over the Western Pacific?

My recollection is that the testing was to have occurred within a month of 
launch (12/28/95).  Instrumentation was designed by a group at the Utah 
State University.  A seach of the web for that site did not uncover any 
references to Skipper.  I've been monitoring the orbit on an almost daily 
(weekday) basis, but the orbital parameters have not changed since launch.
Jeff Hunt, Charlotte Hall, Md.  38.51N, 76.76W