Re: Cosmos 2343 de-orbited?

Phillip Clark (psclark@dircon.co.uk)
Sat, 20 Sep 1997 06:54:07 +0100 (BST)

On Fri, 19 Sep 1997, Alan Pickup wrote:

> The Russian reconnaissance satellite Cosmos 2343 (97- 24 A), launched on
> May 15, appears to have been de-orbited yesterday, September 18.
> The latest (final?) elsets from OIG are:
> Cosmos 2343      6.0  0.0  0.0  4.0 d            284 x 224 km
> 1 24805U 97024A   97259.77916667  .00239161  33468-4  25841-3 0  2965
> 2 24805  64.8481 355.1740 0045168 110.5666 252.1538 16.07433468 19936
> Cosmos 2343      6.0  0.0  0.0  4.0 d            217 x 182 km
> 1 24805U 97024A   97261.38908533  .14023322  73967-5  34948-2 0  2992
> 2 24805  64.7650 349.4118 0026463 103.6203 256.7926 16.27575160 20183

Actually, like all other sixth generaton photoreconnaissance satellites, 
this payload was deliberately exploded in orbit to terminate the 
mission.   Some debris reached out to around 900 km apogee, but it is 
unlikely that the debris will reach the satellite catalogues which "mere 
mortals" like us can see !

Phillip Clark

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