[FPSPACE] Russian spy sat Kobalt-M, possibly has re-entered over US states of Wyoming and Colorado
phillipclark at btinternet.com
Wed Sep 10 12:09:49 EDT 2014
You need to get up-to-date Peter and read NASASpaceflight.com!
Ted Molczan has used observations from Russia and the US to show that Cosmos 2495 most likely came down in Russia as planned. Whatever came down over the USA was either a minor piece of debris which had remained in orbit or possibly even an unassociated meteor.
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Subject: [FPSPACE] Russian spy sat Kobalt-M,possibly has re-entered over US states of Wyoming and Colorado
Moscow News via Matthew Aid's blog
(Of course, in keeping with the current atmosphere of unreality in Putin's centralized government, everything is denied)
Russia Denies That One of Its Kobalt-M Spy Satellites Burnt Up in the Atmosphere Over Wyoming
September 10, 2014
Russia: Fireball Over Wyoming Wasn't Spy Satellite
September 9, 2014
The Defense Ministry has challenged reports that a Kobalt-M spy satellite reentered the Earth's atmosphere and burnt up over the U.S., potentially leaving Russian military intelligence photos lying in Colorado or Wyoming.
On Sept. 3, the American Meteor Society recorded more than 30 eyewitness reports of a slow-moving fireball crossing Colorado and into southern Wyoming. Local media reported the event as a meteor entering the atmosphere, but amateur space flight observers on the spaceflight101 blog said on Tuesday it must have been a Russian Kobalt-M spy satellite, after comparing the path of the fireball to the orbits of known satellites.
Defense Ministry spokesperson Major-General Igor Konashenkov denied this on Tuesday, however, claiming that Russia keeps close tabs on its satellite fleet and that nothing out of the ordinary has happened.
"We can only guess what condition the representatives of the so-called American Meteor Society must be in to have identified a [fireball] at that altitude as a Russian military satellite," Konashenkov quipped in a comment carried by RIA Novosti.
However, the amateur claims are backed up by the U.S. Space Tracking Network, which publicly tracks the orbits of spacecraft and issues warnings when it detects a satellite that is in danger of falling from space.
On Sept. 2 it issued such a warning for Kosmos-2495 - the international catalogue designation for the Kobalt-M satellite.
The satellite, launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome near Arkhangelsk on May 6, was not equipped to digitally transmit its photographs back to its handlers at Russia's military intelligence unit, the GRU. Instead, it was designed to drop its film in special canisters from space onto Russian territory.
Interfax reported Tuesday that the satellite may have been attempting to position itself to drop a canister back to Earth, when it moved into too low of an orbit - thereby falling back to earth over the U.S.
It is possible that much of the satellite and its photos survived, and are now sitting somewhere in the U.S. midwest.
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