Re: Question about these USA sats...

Sun, 14 Mar 1999 22:37:29 -0500 wrote:
>I keep seeing reference to satellites with the designation USA xxx, where x is
> some number.  What are these used as, spy satellites?  Are elements for them
> freely published or does it take an amateur community like SeeSat to derive
> the elements?  Just curious...

'USA' was given primarily to military sats.  Some have other public names, some
do not.  Some elements were published, some not.  If you look through the
Satellite Situation Report, you'll see which is which.
 Unfortunately, it seems they're all being withheld now.

Jay Respler
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