[FPSPACE] Did Meridian-2 fall short of target orbit?
lissov-i at yandex.ru
Mon May 25 02:53:34 EDT 2009
The Reshetnev company today announced the launch of Meridian
so I guess it will be the final name for the satellite.
The news release quotes perfect condition of Meridian and
says that the orbit is close to the target. So it's not
abandoned at least.
My fast calculations show Meridian-2 need from 65 to 115 m/sec
to get to the final 718 min orbit depending on the perigee
As of Meridian/Raduga/Cosmos controversies: it's a long story
but in short, Russia just doesn't announce official names of
our military spacecraft before the note is sent to the U.N.
office in Geneve many months from now. There is no person
or agency charged with the task.
So news agencies and even PR office of the Space Forces give
or give not names on their own understanding and prejudices.
The rule of thumb is that if you hear a proper name from
Roscosmos, Space Forces or producer, that is that, but if
you hear of a Cosmos satellite things may change. In fact,
no fake Cosmos identifications made it into the U.N. notes
in recent years.
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