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Cosmos 2379 a Russian geosynchronous early-warning/reconnaissance satellite that was launched by a Proton-K rocket with a DM-2 final stage from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 24 August 2001 appears to be drifting from its prescribed orbital location at 24 West.
This maybe a controlled transfer to a different parking orbit. Or it is maybe due to the fact that the satellite usually has only a operational lifetime of six years; so the relocation may be the start of a deorbit manoeuvre.
The military satellite has heat-sensing detectors to provide an early warning of missiles launched from the United States; and is one of two Russian early-warning satellites still in operation.
Cosmos-2422, launched in July 2006, will be the only operational early-warning satellite if Cosmos-2379 is deorbited.

TLE Data

1 26892U 01037A 07252.65034399 .00000069 00000-0 10000-3 0 8058
2 26892 003.2263 076.4830 0023205 186.3169 325.2018 01.00592390 22126

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Perigee: 35789 kms
Apogee: 35606 km
Inclination: 3.17
Period: 1431.53 min

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