X-37B OTV 2-1: sitll in orbit on first anniversary of launch

From: Ted Molczan (ssl3molcz@rogers.com)
Date: Mon Mar 05 2012 - 14:03:34 UTC

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    As far as I know, X-37B OTV 2 remains in orbit on the first anniversary of launch on its first mission, 2011 Mar 05 UTC.
    
    Its altitude has changed little since launch, and it has been at about 331 X 342 km since August 2011. Its ground track
    repeats almost exactly every 31 revolutions, which takes just under two days. Ground tracks that repeat every 2 to 4
    days are a common feature of U.S. imagery intelligence satellites, but that is insufficient information to confidently
    assess the mission of OTV 2-1.
    
    Ted Molczan
    
    
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