RE: Extra satellite with Shenzhou 5

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Sat Oct 18 2003 - 11:17:15 EDT

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    Bill Bard wrote:
    > Thw Wasington Times reports that the recent China manned 
    > launch also placed a military satellite in orbit 
    > <> g.htm>. Maybe this is 
    > one of the extra objects cataloged.
    The four extra objects are separation motor covers, which decay from orbit
    within 2 or 3 days.
    Most likely, the article refers to the orbital module, which remains in orbit
    for months after the mission, is manoeuvrable, and which China has acknowledged
    to carry out intelligence gathering.
    Ted Molczan
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