Re: KH 11-8, "KH 11-9", and "KH 12-1" ??

Bjoern Gimle (b_gimle@algonet.se)
Thu, 28 Mar 1996 23:33:36 +0100 (MET)

Tristan Cools commented :

>It has been a while ago since 95-83A has been observed.  The most recent
>elements I have(published in Ted Molczan's file) date from epoch 95236.  
>95-66A was launched in the same orbital plane as 95-83A.  Couldn't that
>indicate that it was a replacement for 92-83A ?  I think it has been
>de-orbited in the meanwhile.
>
Yes, it is possible (probable ?) The lack of observations is no
indication - it disappeared in shadow at about that time, and has
not been found before April (?) any year.

But the 'same plane' is a strong indication.
Other indications are that KH 11-7 was also deorbited while invisible,
and that last summer I saw 92-83 A flashing in ways other KHs never did -
out of control ?

But what about KH 11-8 ? It's older, but in different plane.
Is it still there ? Has it been replaced by 95-66 A (?!) 
or will it be replaced ?


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