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Hum,
strangely there is a re-entry prediction for Kosmos-2420 on the 7th May 2006 @ 09:58 UTC ± 24 Hours.
It was launched on the 3rd May from the Plesetsk missile & space complex.

This just probably means that it is the operational altitude for the satellite and Russian Space Command will boost the orbit to stop the decay...

TLE Data:

Kosmos-2420
1 29112U 06017B 06126.20200247 .04309600 59579-5 68314-3 0 113
2 29112 067.1495 104.3570 0083935 088.8584 272.2215 16.22927178 396
1 29112U 06017B 06125.89364835 .03562925 59219-5 69473-3 0 108
2 29112 067.1480 105.4203 0090307 089.6345 271.5398 16.20595530 340
1 29112U 06017B 06125.39943367 .02938828 58742-5 67029-3 0 97
2 29112 067.1486 107.1143 0099636 090.3530 270.9082 16.17416183 263
1 29112U 06017B 06125.27573625 .02676241 58649-5 63134-3 0 86
2 29112 067.1471 107.5375 0101824 090.3923 270.9100 16.16688249 249
1 29112U 06017B 06125.21387377 .02831912 58570-5 68990-3 0 72
2 29112 067.1496 107.7546 0102480 090.5347 270.7986 16.16268739 236


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The satellite delivered into orbit is an optical reconnaissance satellite of the Kobalt-M type.

Cosmos-2420 received international designation 2006-017A and NORAD catalog number 29111. According to NORAD data, Cosmos-2420 was deployed in an orbit with inclination of 67.15 degrees, orbital period of about 89.5 minutes, apogee of 360 km, and perigee of 180 km. This is the orbit that optical reconnaissance satellite of the Yantar-4KS2/Kobalt family used in the past.


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Cosmos-2420 at 14:00 UT, 5th May 2006.

TLE Data:

Cosmos-2420
1 29111U 06017A 06125.42865666 .00609254 57649-5 20249-3 0 101
2 29111 067.1514 106.9983 0122124 089.8216 052.4062 16.09513297 273

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The classified Kosmos 2420, which was probably a Yantar, or Kobalt-class spy satellite, was launched aboard a Soyuz-U rocket that lifted off from the Plesetsk unmanned mission launch site in northern Russia, according to Space Forces spokesman Alexei Kuznetsov.

Kuznetsov said the launch was successful and there were no apparent problems, but that the position where the satellite was to enter orbit was outside the zone where it could be monitored by Russian tracking facilities.
The spacecraft successfully separated from the rocket's third stage less than ten minutes after lift-off, and was placed into an orbit with a high point of about 210 miles, a low point of 105 miles, and with an inclination of about 67 degrees.

Russia has 94 satellites in orbit, including more than 50 military satellites, but only about 10 of those are still operational.
Kosmos 2420 was the first military craft to be launched by Russia this year, and the first space launch from Plesetsk since December.

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"The launch took place in the interests of the Defence Ministry" - Russian space agency spokesperson.

The Kosmos satellite will join a military orbital grouping.

Soyuz rockets are used to put a number of different-type crafts into orbit, including the Progress freighters currently servicing the International Space Station.

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The liquid-fuel three-stage Soyuz carrier rocket has lifted-off on schedule from pad 16 at the Plesetsk cosmodrome.

"Запуск произведен в 21.38 мск в интересах министерства обороны РФ боевыми расчетами Космических войск со второй пусковой установки космодрома Плесецк" - сказал собеседник агентства.

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The launch is scheduled for 21:38 Moscow time (17:38 UTC)

http://armstass.su/?page=article&aid=25627&cid=25

-- Edited by Blobrana at 13:42, 2006-05-03

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The Russian Defence Ministry has begun preparations for launching a Soyuz-V launch vehicle with Kosmos-2420, a military satellite from the Plesetsk cosmodrome.

According to cosmodrome officials, “the lift-off of the spacecraft, initially planned for mid-May, was re-scheduled for next Wednesday...The carrier rolled off from the technical complex on Tuesday at 09.30. The Soyuz was installed at the 16th launch pad

Deputy commander of the Space Troops Oleg Gromov had said earlier that “testing of space systems of a new generation” would be a priority task of the Space Troops, starting from 2006. According to the general, it is planned to complete test and design work under the project of a photoreconnaissance satellite so as to blast off later one satellite of this type every year.

The Russian orbital grouping now numbers 94 spacecraft, including over 50 military satellites.

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