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Officials Deny Russia's Cosmos Satellite De-Orbited Over Breakdown

Orlets-1 was a multi-purpose military reconnaisance satellite, designed for both close-look and survey missions, equipped with a panoramic camera, launched by the Soyuz-U2 launch vehicle, equipped with 8 film return capsules, and having a design life of 60 days
by Staff Writers
Moscow, Russia (RIA Novosti) Nov 21, 2006
Russian space officials dismissed media reports Monday that the Cosmos 2423 military satellite was de-orbited because its onboard equipment had broken down. Space Force spokesman Alexei Kuznetsov said the decision to de-orbit Cosmos was made because the spacecraft had completed its mission.

The satellite was launched September 14, 2006, to provide imaging data for military as well as civilian purposes. It is part of the Russian Space Force's Orlets-1 Don photoreconnaissance program, in operation since 1989.

Orlets-1 satellites rely on film to record images, so their lifespan rarely exceeds 60 days.

Source: RIA Novosti

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